Collaboration within the sport-based youth development non-profit network in Austin, TX
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This qualitative study assessed collaboration within the sport-based youth development non-profit network in Austin, TX. Network, capital, resource sharing and collaboration theories were used as lenses for this research project. Qualitative methods applied were surveys and follow-up interviews. Surveys were sent to 13 identified non-profit organizations in Austin, TX that use sports programming for youth development in order to gain insight into their structure and organization, including collaboration and partnerships. Follow-up interviews were recorded, transcribed, coded and analyzed. Findings uncovered that there is no collaboration between the organizations participating in the study, but that their respective cross-sectoral collaboration networks are of vital importance to the organizations’ existence and programming. Recommendations were made on future collaborations within the network and possible benefits of forming a coalition were discussed.