Service delivery of relationship support programs in Australia: Implications for the "Community Sector"

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Title Service delivery of relationship support programs in Australia: Implications for the "Community Sector"
Author van Acker, Elizabeth Hubertina
Journal Name Politics & Policy
Editor E. Norman
Year Published 2009
Place of publication USA
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Abstract Governments confront many challenges as they rely increasingly on community sector agencies to deliver services. This has implications for the governance of service delivery, policy implementation, and partnerships. This article examines two interconnected concerns for the delivery of relationship support programs in Australia. First, it investigates the key characteristics that influence how government delivers services and whether it develops partnerships with the community sector. Second, it explores the challenges experienced by Australian agencies that deliver relationship support programs: early intervention and prevention strategies to provide couples with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and maintain robust relationships. It does this by providing a qualitative study that includes findings from 27 semistructured interviews with service providers. The central argument is that community organizations with diverse needs, values, and clients encounter many constraints when delivering relationship services. Consequently, it will be difficult to establish effective partnerships between government and agencies.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 The Policy Studies Organization. Published by Wiley-Blackwell. Self-archiving of manuscripts in institutional repositories is not yet supported by The Policy Studies Organization. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author for more information.
Volume 37
Issue Number 6
Page from 1307
Page to 1329
ISSN 1555-5623
Date Accessioned 2010-02-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Political Science; Public Policy; Social Policy
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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