Reference: Garcia-Ramirez, M., Paloma, V., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., & Balcazar, F. (2009). Building international collaborative capacity: Contributions of community psychologists to a European network. American Journal of Community Psychology, 44, 116–122. doi:10.1007/s10464-009-9247-7
Abstract: Europe is in the process of building a more participative, just, and inclusive European Union. The European Social Fund, which is an initiative developed to actively promote multinational partnerships that address pressing social issues, is a good example of the European transformation. This article describes the steps taken to develop and evaluate the activities of an international network promoting collaborative capacity among regional partners involved in the prevention of labor discrimination toward immigrants in three European countries—Spain, Belgium, and Italy. An international team of community psychologists proposed an empowering approach to assess the collaborative capacity of the network. This approach consisted of three steps: (1) establishing a collaborative relationship among partners, (2) building collaborative capacity, and (3) evaluating the collaborative capacity of the network. We conclude with lessons learned from the process and provide recommendations for addressing the challenges inherent in international collaboration processes.
Keywords: European networks, International collaborative capacity, European Social Fund.