Partnership and capacity-building strategies in community sports and recreation programs

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Casey, Meghan, Payne, Warren and Eime, Rochelle ORCID: 0000-0002-8614-2813 (2009) Partnership and capacity-building strategies in community sports and recreation programs. Managing Leisure, 14 (3). pp. 167-176. ISSN 1360-6719


Partnerships between the health sector and various organizations in the community have been encouraged as a new strategy to develop sports and recreation programs, and achieve public health objectives related to obesity prevention. The purpose of this study was to investigate the partnership-related processes and capacity-building strategies associated with the successful implementation of sports and recreation programs. The research design was a multiple-case study with cross-case comparisons. Eight sports and recreation programs funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation were investigated. Data collection included: semi-structured interviews with grant recipients and key partnership members (n=22); and document analysis. A capacity-building framework was used to guide data analysis. The findings showed that partnerships without the engagement of key stakeholders and a diversity of skills, resources, and approaches were limited to 'come and try' events rather than structured sports and recreation programs in the short term. Addressing the development of partnerships, by implementing a phased approach to program development and implementation may assist the sports and recreation sector build capacity to participate in partnership approaches to health promotion

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/13606710902944938
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Subjects Historical > SEO Classification > 9299 Other Health
Current > Division/Research > Other
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Keywords ResPubID19433, partnerships, stakeholders, health, sports and recreation, capacity building, strategy
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