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Partnership and capacity-building strategies in community sports and recreation programs

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posted on 2023-02-07, 01:49 authored by MM Casey, Warren PayneWarren Payne, RM Eime
Partnerships between the health sector and various organizations in the community have been encouraged as a new strategy to develop sports and recreation programs, and achieve public health objectives related to obesity prevention. The purpose of this study was to investigate the partnership- related processes and capacity-building strategies associated with the successful implementation of sports and recreation programs. The research design was a multiple-case study with crosscase comparisons. Eight sports and recreation programs funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation were investigated. Data collection included: semi-structured interviews with grant recipients and key partnership members (n522); and document analysis. A capacity-building framework was used to guide data analysis. The findings showed that partnerships without the engagement of key stakeholders and a diversity of skills, resources, and approaches were limited to ‘come and try’ events rather than structured sports and recreation programs in the short term. Addressing the development of partnerships, by implementing a phased approach to program development and implementation may assist the sports and recreation sector build capacity to participate in partnership approaches to health promotion. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

History

Journal

Managing Leisure

Volume

14

Pagination

167-176

ISSN

1360-6719

eISSN

1466-450X

Language

en

Issue

3

Publisher

Informa UK Limited