Changing relationships between the public sector and community service
Dr Jo Baulderstone, Flinders Institute of Public Policy and Management, Flinders University
Flinders Institute of Public Policy and Management
Paper presented at Public Policy Network Summer Conference 2007
Because of their increased role in service delivery on behalf of government, the relationship between government funders and nonprofit organisations warrants attention. Government funding continues to play a critical role in many organisations' survival and this is particularly the case in community service organisations. This means that changes in the way the departments are structured, accountability managed and performance measured in the public sector will impact funded organisations. This paper examines the influence of changing public sector paradigms from the perspective of managers in community service organisations (CSOs) and their funding departments. It draws on a study of the management of accountability of twelve nonprofit community service organisations in South Australia.