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Partnerships in Context


Researching what attributes allow partnerships to develop and flourish, we analyzed partnership activity data to identify one "high activity" and one "low activity" locale. At these locales, we conducted interviews of 42 individuals (school personnel, community organization personnel, and university faculty). Interviews explored general partnerships, educational partnerships, and AMSP partnerships particularly. From these comparative data, Social Network Analysis maps were developed depicting the variety of partnership networks at each site. Results document that the extent of AMSP involvement is in part an outcome of 1) local conceptualizations of how to value partnership; 2) local interaction patterns; and 3) key actors.