Power and Connection: The International Development of Local Area Coordination (Paperback)

Power and Connection: The International Development of Local Area Coordination By Eddie Bartnik, Ralph Broad Cover Image

Power and Connection: The International Development of Local Area Coordination (Paperback)


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Local Area Coordination is one of the most important and promising social innovations in the world today. This book provides an up-to-date account of the evolution of Local Area Coordination since its beginnings in Western Australia in the late 1980s. It summarises all of the relevant research and identifies the key developmental strategies necessary for successful implementation.

The book's authors, Eddie Bartnik and Ralph Broad, are two of the leading figures in the international development of Local Area Coordination and the book is supplemented by research and stories from many other practitioners and researchers. The book also includes the stories of people who have experienced the positive impact of Local Area Coordination.

Building on the original core Western Australia Local Area Coordination foundations and Framework, the last five years have seen an exciting period of intensive international learning, adaptation and growth. This includes moving towards a 'whole community' approach, ensuring easier access and no barriers to early help, increasing reach across the whole system and emerging international collaboration, mutual support and shared learning. This learning has also further improved the understanding and embedding of broader elements, or building blocks, of design and implementation. These are critical to effectively 'getting started', building authentic relationships with people, families, communities and service partners and, importantly, consistency of outcomes, influence, scaling up and sustainability.

Chapters in the book are organised to highlight the key themes that underpin the sustained Local Area Coordination international development. These themes include clarity of the purpose and international history of Local Area Coordination (Chapter 1), the 'must haves' of the Local Area Coordination Framework and the maturing connection to whole system reform (Chapter 2), the building blocks for ensuring fidelity and embedding sustainability (Chapter 3), stories of change and impact (Chapter 4), the growing evidence base to sustain 'A Leap of Fact' (Chapter 5), new horizons as a whole community approach, in new countries and as a key community and service resource in a time of pandemic (Chapter 6) and the critical importance of leadership development and learning networks (Chapter 7).

The authors end by sharing their vision of a 5-year plan for Local Area Coordination in a post COVID-19 world, alongside people and families, embedded in community and in partnership with formal services.

Product Details ISBN: 9781912712380
ISBN-10: 1912712385
Publisher: Centre for Welfare Reform
Publication Date: August 31st, 2021
Pages: 160
Language: English