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Am J Public Health. 2012 Mar;102(3):564-71. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300286. Epub 2011 Nov 28.

A systematic review of collaboration and network research in the public affairs literature: implications for public health practice and research.

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University of Colorado's School of Public Affairs, Denver, CO 80217-3364, USA. Danielle.Varda@ucdenver.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We explored and analyzed how findings from public affairs research can inform public health research and practice, specifically in the area of interorganizational collaboration, one of the most promising practice-based approaches in the public health field.

METHODS:

We conducted a systematic review of the public affairs literature by following a grounded theory approach. We coded 151 articles for demographics and empirical findings (n = 258).

RESULTS:

Three primary findings stand out in the public affairs literature: network structure affects governance, management strategies exist for administrators, and collaboration can be linked to outcomes. These findings are linked to priorities in public health practice.

CONCLUSIONS:

Overall, we found that public affairs has a long and rich history of research in collaborations that offers unique organizational theory and management tools to public health practitioners.

PMID:
22021311
PMCID:
PMC3487657
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2011.300286
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