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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: This book is dedicated to research related to community collaborations and partnerships. There is an effort to be holistic with chapters on "the human side of evaluating collaborations" and one dedicated to multicultural issues.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to "present the many challenges-technical, political and resource-driven, among others-that help to account for. . .inconsistent results" found in "systematic reviews and cross-site evaluations of community collaborations." The book devotes much space to the use of "empowerment evaluation methods and tools." Both of these objectives would be important to a serious community researcher.
Audience: Only a serious community researcher or a person studying community research would be interested in perusing this book to any depth. It would be a good resource in the library of health related research institutes. The authors and contributors have very impressive credentials.
Features: The multicultural and human aspects of community collaborations are covered initially. This is followed by what the authors call, a practical approach. This section involves an in-depth, how-to narrative with many actual tools. Some of the tools are: annual satisfaction survey for community coalitions, responsibility charting, sustainability benchmarks and coalition annual report (plus several others). I found the chapter on making sense of results from collaboration evaluations especially helpful.
Assessment: This is a positive contribution to the development of evidence-based practice in the community. Professionals in community/public health practice will find the information interesting and the tools very helpful. People pursuing graduate education will consider this a real find! The information seems quite unique and worthwhile.