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Overview of integration

In this framework the term 'integration' refers to the continuum between cooperation and collaboration as illustrated in the diagram below.

Diagram - text version below
Table is adapted from: Moore, 2008; Keast, 2009; Productivity Commission, 2011; Moore and Skinner, 2011.

  • Integration
    • Cooperative
      • Remain independent but network and share information
      • Low-commitment
      • Informal arrangements
    • Coordinated
      • Some joint planning
      • Often project-based coordination
      • Medium-commitment
      • Semi-formal partnerships
    • Collaborative
      • Shared culture, visions, values and resources
      • Joint planning and delivery of some services
      • High-commitment
      • Formalised partnerships
  • Not integration
    • Autonomous
      • Organisations operate independently

Integrated service delivery enables families to access multiple services for their children and themselves in a cohesive way.

Some of the benefits of integrated service delivery include:

Some examples of working in an integrated manner include:

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