Alignment and political will: upscaling an Australian respectful relationships program

Joyce, Andrew, Green, Celia, Kearney, Sarah, Leung, Loksee and Ollis, Debbie 2019, Alignment and political will: upscaling an Australian respectful relationships program, Health promotion international, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 892-901, doi: 10.1093/heapro/day034.

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Title Alignment and political will: upscaling an Australian respectful relationships program
Author(s) Joyce, Andrew
Green, Celia
Kearney, Sarah
Leung, Loksee
Ollis, DebbieORCID iD for Ollis, Debbie
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 34
Issue number 5
Start page 892
End page 901
Total pages 10
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2019-10
ISSN 1460-2245
Summary Many small scale efficacious programs and interventions need to be 'scaled-up' in order to reach a larger population. Although it has been argued that interventions deemed suitable for upscaling need to have demonstrated effectiveness, be able to be implemented cost-effectively and be accepted by intended recipients, these factors alone are insufficient in explaining which programs are adopted more broadly. Upscaling research often identifies political will as a key factor in explaining whether programs are supported and up-scaled, but this research lacks any depth into how political will is formed and has not applied policy theories to understanding the upscaling process. This article uses a political science lens to examine the key factors in the upscaling process of a Respectful Relationships in Schools Program. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with project staff, managers and community organizations involved in the program. The results reveal how a key focusing event related to a highly profiled personal tragedy propelled family violence into the national spotlight. At the same time, the organization leading the respectful relationships program leveraged their networks to position the program within the education department which enabled the government to quickly respond to the issue. The study highlights that political will is not a stand-alone factor as depicted by up-scaling models, but rather is the end point of a complex process that involves many elements including the establishment of networks and aligned programs that can capitalize when opportunities arise.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/day034
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Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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