Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Marcia Marker Feld


This thesis is written in partial fulfillment of the Masters Degree of the University of

Rhode Island, Department of Community Planning and Area Development, and in behalf of the Cultural Education Collaborative, Boston. Its purpose is twofold: to study the concept of collaboration as a mechanism for innovative service delivery, by surveying eight collaboratives; and to analyze the collaborative structure of the Cultural Education Collaborative by applying the conclusions of the previous section. This is a formal analysis of the concepts and components of collaboration. It is descriptive and analytic, and is not intended to be evaluative or exhaustive of any collaboratives surveyed, including the Cultural Education Collaborative. Instead, particular intention has been paid to the purpose and variables of these collaboratives in the hope of better understanding this exciting concept.