Collaborative Method for Public Managers and NGO Leaders: Implementing Policy for Social Change

David Kenneth Waldman, Margaret E Meador


This article spotlights a collaborative partnership approach for developing and garnering support for Healthy and Smart, a HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum strategy. Focus is specifically placed on an action research method. The approach of the method is incremental and encompasses a transdisciplinary and culturally appropriate approach. In particular, the method instigates effective social change and public policy by forming collaborative partnerships. The essence of collaborative partnerships with key public policy and administrative actors is its alignment with a nation’s social development policy. Critical to the development of a comprehensive action research approach is investing time to fully explore each social factor. Healthy and Smart HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for Youth exemplifies a participatory program development model for public managers. 



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