Evidence-based practices in community collaborative work: Implications of Relational Developmental Systems Concepts.
Abstract: A youth system is a concept useful for discussing the alignment of
contextual assets and individual strengths and needs. Such systems are adaptive when they
support the positive, healthy development of both the person and the context. Comprehensive
community initiatives (CCIs) have demonstrated efficacy at moving youth systems toward
being more adaptively supportive by, at least in p... read moreart, involving collaborations using
evidence-based programs (EBPs). An integral part of the evidence base is examining how the
collaboration itself is functioning. However, to date, most measures of collaboration
functioning that have been validated are intended for use in a single collaborative
approach, and those designed for use across different types of collaborative approaches
have rarely been validated. In this dissertation, I examined measures of collaboration
functioning - structure and process - to see if they performed similarly across two
collaborative approaches. I found that items pertaining to collaborative structure loaded
onto three factors in almost identical ways across collaborative approaches. The items in
these three factors also behaved similarly across collaborative approaches. However, the
items pertaining to collaborative process did not perform similarly across collaborative
approaches. Future research should develop process items that maintain similar factor
structure and behave similarly across collaborative approaches.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Richard Lerner.
Committee: Jonathan Zaff, Sara Johnson, and Aaron Metzger.
Keyword: Developmental psychology.read less