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Collaborative Capacity Building in Complex Community-Based Health Partnerships: A Model for Translating Knowledge Into Action

Kendall, Elizabeth PhD; Muenchberger, Heidi PhD; Sunderland, Naomi PhD; Harris, Michelle BSc; Cowan, Deborah BNutrition (Hons)

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: September/October 2012 - Volume 18 - Issue 5 - p E1–E13
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31823a815c
Original Articles

Partnerships among multiple organizations across a range of sectors that bring together multiple perspectives are a common way of addressing community health and building capacity. To function successfully, partnerships depend on the careful orchestration of a collaborative culture and the facilitation of collective action. Using a systematic method, we developed a synthesis of evidence about collaborative capacity building, integrating this diverse knowledge base into a usable framework. Seventeen published models of collaborative capacity building met the inclusion criteria and were combined to derive a matrix that could guide the actions of those responsible for partnership management. This matrix may make the process of developing partnerships less complicated in future.

Partnerships among multiple organizations are a common way of addressing community health and building capacity. To function successfully, partnerships depend on the careful orchestration of a collaborative culture and the facilitation of collective action. Using a systematic method, we developed a synthesis of evidence about collaborative capacity building, integrating this diverse knowledge base into a usable framework.

Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University (Drs Kendall, Muenchberger, and Sunderland and Mss Harris and Cowan).

Correspondence: Elizabeth Kendall, PhD, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, University Drive, Meadowbrook, Queensland, Australia (e.kendall@griffith.edu.au).

Some parts of this article were included in the document titled “Queensland Health Connecting Healthcare in Communities (CHIC) Initiative Developing A Capacity Building for Partnerships Framework: Options Paper”. The authors recognize the valuable work of the Logan Beaudesert Health Coalition in building collaborative capacity and knowledge in this area.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.