Developing and sustaining partnerships and networks
Implications for future programme development
The sharing of knowledge and resources between programme partners and other stakeholders has been mutually beneficialbut time needs to be allotted for mutual understanding and planning of developments. It is crucial that the benefits of partnership to those involved are clear. The collaboration of diverse organisations might be favourable in light of the complex issues and circumstances that the target group is faced with. Roles of different parties within the collaboration need to be clear.
The establishment of an effective partnerships with employers was not successful. Future programs should try to get employers commitment earlier, for example by including employer representatives and/or trade union representatives on a steering group.
Implications of policy
Institutional borders can create a barrier. The absence of a connection with the healthcare system is possibly reducing the potential success of the service for the target group and creating barriers.
Implications for policy
In Iceland the aim was to reach out to more vulnerable groups. Individuals that have not sought guidance within the adult educational system at their own initiative. Their circumstances were in many cases highly complex and they needed the aid of different specialists. An increased knowledge of available resources within other organisations and a referral system between partners would enhance the service to these clients. Improved partnership and networks enabled the sharing of expertise and knowledge.
The creation of incentives within the private sector, that motivate managers to encourage their employees to participate in adult guidance and increase their qualifications, might also be beneficial.
Policymakers within relevant sectors, can support the process of building and maintaining a collaboration between organisations, both systematically and informally, amongst partners working with vulnerable groups. Appropriate support and sharing of responsibilities has the potential to improve effectiveness and policy efficiency. The issue of funding and subsistence among adult learners needs to be addressed within policymaking. Most adults have financial commitments and can’t afford loss of income while studying. Policymakers can initiate and steer the process of connecting systems (e.g. healthcare system, welfare system, educational system) that will facilitate service to more vulnerable groups in the future.