Collaboration Gone Awry: A Struggle for Power and Control over Service Delivery in the Non-Profit Sector

The Case — The Action Committee Collaboration Initiative

By Melissa Brazil and Eli Teram
Wilfrid Laurier University


This is a case of inter-organizational collaboration gone awry where several non-profit and government agencies have come together  to develop and implement a streamlined first response protocol for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in one Ontario community.  Despite having created a common protocol, not all members of the Action Committee on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (ACSADV) follow this protocol.  Moreover, each agency appears to have a different level of commitment to the collaboration and the decisions made by the ACSADV. 

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