Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

First Committee Member

Bill Thompson, Committee Chair, Department of Public Administration

Second Committee Member

Leonard E. Goodall

Third Committee Member

Karen Layne

Fourth Committee Member

Anthony Townsend

Number of Pages



This paper presents a framework for understanding inter-organizational collaboration and describes and analyzes how collaboration was used as a method to build new service networks, the characteristics of the consortia, and the status of the collaborative processes.

Although the literature on inter-organizational collaboration in the human services is increasing, little is known about how regional consortia view the process of working together towards a common purpose. The results reported in this paper are intended to help fill that gap.

The findings reported in this study are based on a survey process using a standardized questionnaire to study the collaborative status. This external, independent, student based study examined the process of inter-organizational collaboration in within Nevada's child and family service system.


Family services; Human services; Institutional cooperation; Nevada; Public welfare


Family, Life Course, and Society | Public Administration | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Policy | Social Welfare | Social Work | Sociology