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Networks for welfare provision : getting a grip on processes of social exclusion by evaluating network effectiveness

Joris De Corte (UGent) , Bram Verschuere (UGent) and Maria De Bie (UGent)
(2017) SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION. 51(7). p.1174-1190
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It has been repeatedly stated that the topic of network effectiveness has been often neglected. This has led to a situation of ‘network euphoria’ amongst practitioners and policy makers with regard to the creation of networks as a means to (re-)organize welfare provision. Starting from a case study of networks for welfare provision in two Belgian cities, this article focuses on the effectiveness of service delivering networks at the client level, which is understood as the contribution of the network in improving the conditions of life of those being served or targeted by the network. Therefore, we focused on the collective efforts via these networks (e.g. by creating a night shelter or by conducting case consultations) to look after a population of homeless people who face multiple problems and are not able yet to benefit from welfare provision. Our findings revealed that these networks were able to realize a 'collaborative advantage' by filling in service gaps and by overcoming fragmentation of care. Nevertheless, these networks equally maintained criteria that restricted the accessibility or usefulness of welfare services provided to homeless people. In the concluding section, we highlight some of the factors that could help us to explain our findings and highlight the tension between the effectiveness of networks at the client level and the effectiveness at the organizational level.
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welfare provision, Interorganisational networks, social exclusion, homelessness, network effectiveness

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De Corte, Joris, Bram Verschuere, and Maria De Bie. 2017. “Networks for Welfare Provision : Getting a Grip on Processes of Social Exclusion by Evaluating Network Effectiveness.” Social Policy & Administration 51 (7): 1174–1190.
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De Corte, J., Verschuere, B., & De Bie, M. (2017). Networks for welfare provision : getting a grip on processes of social exclusion by evaluating network effectiveness. SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION, 51(7), 1174–1190.
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De Corte J, Verschuere B, De Bie M. Networks for welfare provision : getting a grip on processes of social exclusion by evaluating network effectiveness. SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION. 2017;51(7):1174–90.
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De Corte, Joris, Bram Verschuere, and Maria De Bie. “Networks for Welfare Provision : Getting a Grip on Processes of Social Exclusion by Evaluating Network Effectiveness.” SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION 51.7 (2017): 1174–1190. Print.
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  author       = {De Corte, Joris and Verschuere, Bram and De Bie, Maria},
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  journal      = {SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION},
  keywords     = {welfare provision,Interorganisational networks,social exclusion,homelessness,network effectiveness},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {1174--1190},
  title        = {Networks for welfare provision : getting a grip on processes of social exclusion by evaluating network effectiveness},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spol.12241},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2017},
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