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Correlates of Partnership Effectiveness: The Coalition for Unified Recreation in the Eastern Sierra

Steve Selin, Nancy Myers

Abstract


The political culture of fiscal constraint has caused a groundswell of interest in collaborative or partnership arrangements among leisure service organizations. Advocates of partnerships cite many potential benefits including stretching scarce public resources and providing organizational flexibility. However, the authority of partnerships to make decisions on behalf of participating agencies has been questioned along with the accountability of partnerships to the generai public. These issues suggest the need to carefully monitor the performance of partnership arrangements. The purpose of this paper is to identify correlates of partnership effectiveness as perceived by the members of a broad-based regional partnership, the Coalition for Unified Recreation in the Eastern Sierra (CURES). The study involved collecting secondary information on CURES, personal interviews with select CURES members, and a survey of the CURES membership. A number of correlates of partnership effectiveness and partner satisfaction were identified including: administrative support, level of trust, sense of belonging, and strong leadership. Results suggest that managers should pay close attention to how other partners view the partnership and encourage, reward, and find the time available for staff to engage in partnership activities.

Keywords


Partnerships; collaborative planning; coalitions, co-management; integrated resource management; public involvement; recreation; leisure.

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