Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 72, Issue 1, pp 79–102

Knowledge Transfer, Policymaking and Community Empowerment: A Consensus Model Approach for Providing Public Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Authors

  • Nahama Broner
    • Ehrenkrantz School of Social Work Institute Against ViolenceNew York University
  • Michael Franczak
    • Arizona Department of Health, Division of Behavioral HealthBureau for Persons with a Serious Mental Illness
  • Christina Dye
    • Arizona Department of Health, Division of Behavioral HealthBureau for Persons with a Serious Mental Illness
  • William McAllister
    • Institute for Social and Economic Research and PolicyColumbia University
    • Center for Urban Research and Policy, SIPAColumbia University
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1004814220940

Cite this article as:
Broner, N., Franczak, M., Dye, C. et al. Psychiatr Q (2001) 72: 79. doi:10.1023/A:1004814220940

Abstract

An important problem in creating new programs and polices is how to encourage the transfer of knowledge in non-hierarchical ways so that new, relevant and specific knowledge is co-created by all interested parties. In this paper, we suggest that a consensus model of policymaking is one response and identify four key structural elements thought necessary for creating such a consensus infrastructure. These are a) a leadership and facilitating capacity for initiating and promoting such an endeavor, b) a network or consortium of key researchers, practitioners, consumers, and policymakers to empower community ownership of the endeavor, c) a process for consensus building and strategic problem-solving for such a consortium, and d) the continued creation of a multi-directional dialogue through information dissemination. We examine these elements in action by describing a particular problem solving and consensus building model for developing and implementing a program, resolving group differences, and evaluating the group's process and products.

knowledge transferpolicymakingmental healthsubstance abusecommunity empowermentconsensus model

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2001