University and Community Partnerships: The Challenges of Collaborative Knowledge Creation

  • Suzanne Michael Center for Immigrant Health, New York University
  • Julie Cooper Altman Adelphi University

Abstract

Increasing demand for evidence-based practice has stimulated renewed attention to knowledge development on the frontlines of practice. The focus, however, is more often on knowledge as products than on the processes of knowledge development itself, including those in which universities and community agencies collaborate to formalize and/or evaluate practice. In this narrative, the authors attempt to explicate the micro-level complexities of a university-community project in which university faculty and agency staff developed practice guidelines for work with immigrant families.
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