Reducing Chronic Absenteeism and Improving Education Among Youth in Public Housing: A Qualitative Case Study of Interagency Collaboration

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2023

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Ochoa, Yesenia

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This case study explores the creation, implementation, and dismantling of an interagency collaboration in an urban city located in Southwest Texas. Using a qualitative methodological approach, this study draws on interviews with key stakeholders of this interagency collaboration and an analysis of archived documents and other relevant materials. The findings of this study reveal that creating this interagency collaboration was a complex process that involved navigating various social systems. While there are significant variations in how interagency collaborations are structured and operated across the United States, they generally aim to promote more effective coordination, resource sharing, and communication among various government agencies to address complex societal challenges and enhance the overall well-being of the communities they serve. In particular, the study highlighted the importance of understanding the social contexts in which interagency collaborations are situated and how power dynamics and competing interests can shape their lifetime. Overall, this critical case study contributed to the growing body of research on the role of interagency collaborations in supporting vulnerable families. This study offered broader lessons applicable to similar initiatives nationwide, ultimately aiming to inform policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working towards more responsive and impactful interagency collaborations for the betterment of our communities.

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Urban city, Interagency collaboration, Social contexts, Absenteeism, Power dynamics

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies