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Table 2 Factor loadings of the items of the collaboration evaluation scale

From: Inter-agency collaboration factors affecting multidisciplinary workers’ ability to identify child maltreatment

Item (n = 277)
1 2 3 4
Factor 1a: Commitment and Loyalty (α = .84)
 1. I take time to learn and understand each collaborating agency’s mission and priorities .71    
 2. I always keep the goals and the potential positive outcomes of the collaboration in mind .69    
 3. The characteristics of each collaborating agency are utilised to the maximum .64    
 4. Prior to the beginning of a new collaboration, I identify similarities/differences between the cultures of the participating agencies .60    
 5. I develop a way to compromise on important differences .59    
 6. I provide feedback on the results of the cases to the collaborating agency .58    
 7. I think the establishment of trust and mutual responsibility for common goals is important for collaborating with other agencies .55    
 8. I define the goal of the case in detail prior to beginning a new collaboration .49    
 9. I understand the working process of the collaborating agency .48    
 10. I talk to my colleagues about a positive view of the collaboration .42    
Factor 2: Strong Leadership (α = .87)
 11. The upper management can take responsibility for making decisions on behalf of the collaborating agency   .89   
 12. The upper management provides immediate assistance when problems arise   .74   
 13. The upper management truly understands our agency’s position in the collaboration   .73   
 14. The upper management truly understands the priorities of the collaboration   .69   
 15. The upper management has a positive attitude towards the utilisation of our agency’s resources to support the collaboration   .69   
 16. The upper management explains the role of our agency to other collaborating agencies   .53   
Factor 3: Resources (α = .62)
 17. I review pertinent laws and regulations prior to the collaborative effort    .55  
 18. I check the similar issues and cases of previous inter-agency collaborations prior to beginning a new collaboration    .52  
 19. There are sufficient staff members to engage in the collaboration    .49  
 20. There are sufficient funding sources to engage in the collaboration    .39  
 Factor 4: Turf Issues (α = .63)
 21. I do not want to deal with the additional tasks pertaining to the collaboration     .72
 22. I do not want to provide any additional resources for the collaborating agency when my agency’s duty is finished     .61
 23. I want to defend my own territory     .46
 24. I do not want to examine or modify an agency’s procedures that are unnecessarily inhibiting or detrimental to a collaborating agency     .44
  1. aAn exploratory factor analysis was performed, resulting in a four-factor solution (which explains 42.0% of the variance)