A rapid review of barriers and enablers of organisational collaboration: Identifying challenges in disability reform in Australia

Hummell, Eloise, Venning, Alyssa, Foster, Michele, Fisher, Karen R., and Kuipers, Pim (2022) A rapid review of barriers and enablers of organisational collaboration: Identifying challenges in disability reform in Australia. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 57 (2). pp. 441-457.

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A rapid review of the literature on inter-organisational collaboration was undertaken to identify and describe key barriers and enablers of relevance to current disability policy developments in Australia. Term searches of four databases resulted in the identification of 433 articles published between 2009 and 2019. After removal of duplicates and refinement, 17 peer-reviewed articles underwent full review, data extraction and synthesis to distil barriers and enablers of inter-organisational collaboration at three levels. At the macro-level, policy instruments, institutional arrangements and resources were salient. At the meso-level, clarity of organisational purposes and roles, and organisational systems and processes were important, as were factors of leadership, management, power and workforce. At the micro-level, values, trust, culture and personal relationships could be either barriers or enablers, depending on context. The review indicated that meaningful and sustained collaboration across organisations is unlikely without careful planning, clear actions and significant investment at all three levels, providing important learnings for the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme context.

Item ID: 74206
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1839-4655
Keywords: disability policy, NDIS, organisational collaboration
Copyright Information: © 2021 Australian Social Policy Association
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC DP190102711
Date Deposited: 17 May 2022 23:06
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420318 People with disability @ 50%
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4807 Public law > 480707 Welfare, insurance, disability and social security law @ 25%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440706 Health policy @ 25%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230101 Ability and disability @ 40%
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200205 Health policy evaluation @ 30%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2302 Government and politics > 230204 Public services policy advice and analysis @ 30%
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