Measuring the sustainability of a community safety promotion network: working from the inside out

Hanson, D., McFarlane, K., Vardon, P., Lloyd, J., Durrheim, D., and Speare, R. (2012) Measuring the sustainability of a community safety promotion network: working from the inside out. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 19 (3). pp. 297-305.

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Abstract

Mackay Whitsunday Safe Communities (MWSC) was developed using a capacity building model that consciously attempted to design sustainability into the network. Our aim was to quantify the flow of resources used by MWSC to implement and sustain its injury control activities. Resource exchange among network members was quantified and analysed using social network analysis. In 2004, MWSC accessed an estimated 6.5 full-time staff equivalents and $0.9 million. However, these resources were largely accessed externally. The linking relationships that connected MWSC to its external support network, more than half of which were maintained by six broker network facilitators, were the critical social asset used to access resources and sustain network productivity. The sustainability of this network and arguably similar safety promotion networks is vulnerable to the changing priorities of external sponsoring agents and highly dependent on its leaders who facilitated access to the resources it required to remain productive.

Item ID: 23701
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: safety promotion, injury control, safe communities, sustainability, ecological health promotion, social capital, social network analysis
ISSN: 1745-7319
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2012 05:26
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 33%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 34%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration @ 33%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health @ 34%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 33%
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