Towards Greater Transparency Regarding Partnerships for Technology Development




Cross-sector partnerships; Nonprofit-industry-academic partnerships; Technology-development partnerships; Nonprofit technology / Partenariats intersectoriels; Partenariats entre le milieu académique et le secteur sans but lucratif; Partenariats consacrés au développement technologique; Technologies d’organismes sans but lucratif


This article explores the problems and potential of funded short-term cross-sector partnerships to address technological deficits in the nonprofit sector by engaging with the partners of a concluded project. The partnership case study that forms the backbone of this article was a three-year nationally funded nonprofit-industry-academic partnership. The ob- jective of the partnership was to increase the data collection capacity of a national nonprofit organization and its affiliate centres through the development of a web-based app. This article highlights the challenges and differing experiences of nonprofit-industry-academic partnerships more generally, and technology-development partnerships more specifically.


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Author Biographies

Katherine Occhiuto , Carleton University

Katherine Occhiuto is PhD candidate at Carleton University School of Social Work. 

Sarah L. Todd, Carleton University

Sarah Todd is a Professor at Carleton University School of Social Work. She is also the Director of the School of Social Work. 

Tina E. Wilson, Glasgow Caledonian University

Tina Wilson is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. 

J.Z. Garrod , St. Francis Xavier University

J.Z. is an Assistant Professor at St. Francis Xavier University, Department of Sociology. 


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