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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(1), 361-381; doi:10.3390/ijerph60100361

Engagement and Action for Health: The Contribution of Leaders’ Collaborative Skills to Partnership Success

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Faculty of Sport, Health & Social Care, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester, UK
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School of Technology, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Wheatley, Oxford, UK
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Institute for Health Research, School of Health Science, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales, UK
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Received: 29 December 2008 / Accepted: 20 January 2009 / Published: 21 January 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health: Feature Papers)
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Abstract

A multi-site evaluation (survey) of five Kellogg-funded Community Partnerships (CPs) in South Africa was undertaken to explore the relationship between leadership skills and a range of 30 operational, functional and organisational factors deemed critical to successful CPs. The CPs were collaborative academic-health service-community efforts aimed at health professions education reforms. The level of agreement to eleven dichotomous (‘Yes/No’) leadership skills items was used to compute two measures of members’ appreciation of their CPs’ leadership. The associations between these measures and 30 CPs factors were explored, and the partnership factors that leadership skills explained were assessed after controlling. Respondents who perceived the leadership of their CPs favourably had more positive ratings across 30 other artnership factors than those who rated leadership skills less favourably, and were more likely to report a positive cost/benefit ratio. In addition, respondents who viewed their CPs’ leadership positively also rated the operational understanding, the communication mechanisms, as well as the rules and procedures of the CPs more favourably. Leadership skills explained between 20% and 7% of the variance of 10 partnership factors. The influence of leaders’ skills in effective healthfocussed partnerships is much broader than previously conceptualised.
Keywords: Partnership; coalition; community-based; inter-professional; multi-site evaluation; health professions education; leadership Partnership; coalition; community-based; inter-professional; multi-site evaluation; health professions education; leadership
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El Ansari, W.; Oskrochi, R.; Phillips, C. Engagement and Action for Health: The Contribution of Leaders’ Collaborative Skills to Partnership Success. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 361-381.

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