Partnership in Social Work Organizations and the Climate of Organization Ethics

Public service partnerships are more common today and necessary for the delivery of quality public services. Research has shown an expansion in the practice of social services contracting and the challenges they present because client needs are becoming more complex which requires collaborative partnerships with other agencies. This research project's literature review will focus on what is already known about partnerships, collaboration and the ethical climates in public service organizations. The objective of this research is to perform a case study approach on the Linkages program, the interdepartmental partnership program between the Department of Social Services (DPSS) and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Due to the heightened scrutiny placed on DCFS caused by the recent deaths of children under their jurisdiction, the purpose of this study will be to examine if DCFS' ethical climate affects the Linkages partnership. The research method will consist of the following: DCFS management will be the unit of analysis, the method of research is qualitative with interviews, and the research tools will consist of secondary data from the Linkages program. The results of this research may suggest further studies about the ethical climate of an organization affecting a collaboration, a subject which we only have a limited understanding of.

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