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Developing and Evaluating Multi-Agency Partnerships
A Practical Toolkit for Schools and Children's Centre Managers

ISBN 9780415556583
Published September 17, 2009 by Routledge
112 Pages

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Book Description

In recent years government initiatives such as Sure Start, Extended Schools and Every Child Matters have been significant in the promotion of an agenda to create collaborative working environments and introduce multi-agency practice into a range of child-centred settings. Developing and Evaluating Multi-Agency Partnerships provides advice and guidance for managers and leaders responsible for overseeing multi-agency working in these settings, providing a self-evaluation framework to help improve the quality and effectiveness of multi-agency relationships.

The valuable tools and templates within this book will:

    • Explain the importance of self-evaluation
    • Provide a framework for self-evaluation via a step by step guide
    • Link multi-agency practice with improving the Every Child Matters outcomes
    • Suggest best practice for gathering multi-agency evidence
    • Give guidance on building a portfolio of evidence and achieving external recognition

The self-evaluation framework provided in this book meets the requirements of the Children’s Workforce standards and OFSTED requirements for effective partnerships. A highly practical handbook, this book is essential reading for all those who are implementing or improving a multi-agency partnership in their setting.

To improve the effectiveness of this resource, additional resources are downloadable in customisable form from

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables  Acknowledgements  Abbreviations  How to use this Resource  Introduction  1. Origin and Benefits of the multi-agency self-evaluation process  2. Overview of the multi-agency self-evaluation process, auditing and action planning  3. Compiling a multi-agency portfolio of evidence  4. Monitoring, evaluating and assessing multi-agency working  5. Achievements and outcomes of engaging with the multi-agency self-evaluation process  Appendix – Model materials to support the multi-agency self-evaluation process  Multi-agency information leaflet  PowerPoint presentation to introduce the self-evaluation process  Example of a multi-agency partnership agreement  Glossary  Useful Websites  References and Further Reading  Index

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Rita Cheminais is an author, keynote speaker and trainer on ECM, a School Improvement Partner and a freelance education consultant with Every Child Matters (ECM) Solutions. She can be contacted at: [email protected] and


'While the book provides all that you will need, you can also download self-evaluation grids, and action plan, portfolio checklists, evidence sheets and support materials from the Routledge Education website.'
- Special Children October/November 2009