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dc.contributor.convenorCraig Boadenen_US
dc.contributor.authorvan Acker, Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.editorCraig Boaden (Conference manager)en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-04T15:46:31Z
dc.date.available2017-04-04T15:46:31Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.refurihttp://www.ipaa.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=262en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/23164
dc.description.abstractDue to concern about strengthening families and reducing relationship breakdowns, marriage and relationship support is currently attracting attention and increased funding from the Australian federal government. This paper provides an analysis of the capacity to deliver marriage and relationship education programs (MRE) in diverse governance arrangements. A public policy question concerns how these programs may assist in sustaining stable families. Governments face a range of challenges that lead to dilemmas of dispersed policy capacity. This paper examines the capacity problems that policy makers confront in relation to delivering MRE programs. Initiatives to strengthen relationships are premised on bringing service providers into government to improve capacity. There are three major concerns in this service delivery area: implementation, evaluation and moving into the private sphere. First, a range of difficulties concern implementation because policy capability is diffuse, located in numerous organizations with different clients with diverse needs. This raises questions about how to coordinate and deliver services effectively. Second, there are problems of evaluation as rigorous assessment of services in the field is rare. Policymakers have insubstantial data about the value of the programs and insufficient capacity to evaluate them. Third, policy makers are targeting matters of the heart, which raise sensitive issues that impact on capacity. Governments cannot force couples to participate or engage with MRE programs because many people regard their relationships as private. Delivering MRE is particularly challenging because it attempts to use preventive strategies at a positive stage in people's relationships when they are not confronting problems. Overall government's capacity is restricted and is not operating directly on the front line. Apart from funding particular organizations and administering the programs, therefore, governments may have limited leverage to manage the MRE programs on offer.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherIPAAen_US
dc.publisher.placeOnlineen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.ipaa.org.au/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencenameInstitute of Public Administration Australia, National Conference,en_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitle2008 IPAA National Conference Papersen_US
dc.relation.ispartofdatefrom2008-06-18en_US
dc.relation.ispartofdateto2008-06-20en_US
dc.relation.ispartoflocationSydneyen_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolicy and Administration not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160599en_US
dc.titleCapacity Building and Service Delivery of Relationship Support in Australiaen_US
dc.typeConference outputen_US
dc.type.descriptionE1 - Conference Publications (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeE - Conference Publicationsen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright remains with the author 2008. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher’s website or contact the author. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted.en_US
gro.date.issued2015-07-30T23:04:10Z
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