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dc.contributor.advisorShields, Patricia M.
dc.contributor.authorCarvell, R. Kyle ( )
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-03T16:52:23Z
dc.date.available2016-05-03T16:52:23Z
dc.date.issued2016-05en_US
dc.identifier.citationCarvell, R. K. (2016). Parks partners: A model assessment tool for effective partnerships between local Park systems and nonprofits. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/5976
dc.description.abstract

While local park systems provide multiple benefits to a community, many do not have adequate resources to meet service demands. Public-private partnerships, specifically those with nonprofits, have become a popular solution to this problem. Partnerships allow park agencies to better maintain green spaces, enhance programming and share in project coordination/management. As public stewards and servants, park agencies should ensure partnerships are as effective as possible.

Purpose: The purpose of this applied research project is three-fold. First, it develops a framework to assess the effectiveness of public-private partnerships between local public park systems and nonprofit entities. Second, it utilizes the framework to assess the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department's partnership with the nonprofit Austin Parks Foundation. Third, it provides recommendations for enhancing Austin's current and future public-private partnerships.

Methodology: A review of the literature identifies the ideal components of an ideal park/nonprofit partnership. The components are grouped into four separate categories and used to construct a model assessment tool. The tool is used to assess the partnership between the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Parks Foundation nonprofit. The assessment takes the form of a case study, and utilizes document analysis, focused interviews and direct observation research methods.

Findings: The partnership between the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Parks Foundation adequately aligns with the ideal type partnership for parks/nonprofits. The partnership is mostly effective in enhancing park and recreation services for the Austin community. Partners are very compatible, and significantly engage the community in activities. However, the partnership lacks a formal agreement and performance measurement activities. Partnership activities are trending toward traditionally underserved areas, and do not appear to further existing park system inequities.

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dc.format.extent144 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.sourceAn Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2016.
dc.subjectParksen_US
dc.subjectPartnershipen_US
dc.subjectFoundationen_US
dc.subjectNonprofiten_US
dc.subjectRecreationen_US
dc.subjectPublic-Privateen_US
dc.subjectFrameworken_US
dc.subjectAssessmenten_US
dc.subjectApplied Research Project (Political Science 5397)en_US
dc.titleParks Partners: A Model Assessment Tool for Effective Partnerships between Local Park Systems and Nonprofitsen_US
txstate.documenttypeResearch Reporten_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFarmer, Jayce
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAutry, Mickey
txstate.departmentPolitical Science


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