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Open Access Thesis

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Across America schools and human service organizations have become more aware of the difficulty in providing for the needs of families and children alone. There is a growing need for organizations to work together to effectively provide appropriate services. Recently, collaboration has received a great deal of attention as a necessary strategy in working together.

This study explores the perceived need for a school and human service collaboration in Dakota County, Minnesota, that would service families and children currently receiving services from the Intra-Dakota Educational Alternative (IDEA) program. A needs assessment was conducted through a review of the literature and qualitative interviews of key informants who work in Dakota County schools and human services. The major themes explored in the interviews include: the unmet needs of families and children in the target population; the need for a collaboration among IDEA and Dakota County human service organizations; and, what a collaborative of this nature could look like in terms of structure and functioning.

A framework for a collaborative initiative in Dakota County has been developed based on the research. This framework is presented at the conclusion of the study.


SC 11.MSW.1994.Clark.A

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