Multi-agency Working and its Implications for Practice: A review of the literature

Mary Atkinson, Emily Lamont, Megan Jones

01 June 2007

The overall purpose of this study was to review existing research and evaluation to explore different models of multi-agency work, the impacts and possible facilitators and challenges to multi-agency working, as well as the implications this has for good practice.

Sources were identified from a range of educational databases and further identification of sources was sought via e-mail requests to relevant individuals and organisations working in this field. The most relevant sources were identified using specific criteria (leading to 29 sources being included). These were summarised more fully into an agreed template. A coding system was developed and applied to each of the summaries. This process enabled the research team to account for the range of evidence, to locate the evidence in context and to draw out key themes across the different sources.