Hands On Collaboration


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Hands On Collaboration

  1. 1. Nineteen Factors Influencing Successful Collaborations Factors Related to the ENVIRONMENT 1. 2. 3. History of collaboration or cooperation in the community Collaborative group seen as a leader in the community Political/social climate favorable Factors Related to MEMBERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS 4. 5. 6. 7. Mutual respect, understanding, and trust Appropriate cross-section of members Members see collaboration as in their self-interest Ability to compromise Factors Related to PROCESS/STRUCTURE 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Members share a stake in both process and outcome Multiple layers of decision making Flexibility Development of clear roles and policy guidelines Adaptability Factors Related to COMMUNICATION 13. Open and frequent communication 14. Established informal and formal communication links Factors Related to PURPOSE 15. Concrete, attainable goals and objectives 16. Share vision 17. Unique purpose Factors Related to RESOURCES 18. Sufficient funds 19. Skilled convener From The COLLABORATION HANDBOOK
  2. 2. Stage 1: Envision Results by Working Individual-to-Individual Challenges: Bring People Together Enhance Trust Confirm Our Vision Specify Desired Results Stage 2: Empower Ourselves Challenges: Conform Organizational Roles Resolve Conflicts Organize the Effort Support the Members Stage 3: Ensure Results by Working Organization-to-Organization Challenges: Manage the Work Create Joint Systems Evaluate the Results Renew the Effort Stage 4: Endow Continuity by Working Collaboration-to-Community Challenges: Create Visibility Involve the Community Change the System End the Collaboration From THE COLLABORATION HANDBOOK Joint Efforts—A Word by Any Other Name
  3. 3. Joint efforts go by many names. If all members agree on a higher level of intensity of work, many of these efforts can be collaborations whatever they are called. Two elements are crucial to successful joint efforts: everyone must agree on the level of intensity and the level of intensity must be appropriate to the desired results. Here are some names for joint efforts. • Advisory Committee: provides suggestions and assistance at the request of an organization. • Coordination: working to the same end with harmonious adjustment or functioning. • Alliance: a union or connection of interests that have similar character, structure, or outlook; functions as a semiofficial organization of organizations. • Federation: the act of uniting by agreement of each member to subordinate its power to that of the central authority in common affairs. • Joint Powers: the act by legally constituted organizations (such as governmental agencies or corporations) of assigning particular powers each has to be mutually defined purpose; a written document, called a joint powers agreement, spells out the relationship between the groups. • League: a compact for promoting common interests; an alliance. • Merger: the legal combining of two or more organizations; the absorption of one interest by another. • Network: individuals or organizations formed in a loose-knit group. • Partnership: an association of two or more who contribute money or property to carry on a joint business and who share profits or losses; a term loosely used for individuals and groups working together. • Task Force: a self-contained unit for a specific purpose, often at the request of an overseeing body, that is not ongoing. • Coalition: a temporary alliance of factions, parties, and so on for some specific purpose; mobilizes individuals and groups to influence outcomes. • Commission: a body authorized to perform certain duties or steps or to take on certain powers; generally appointed by an official body. • • • Competition: the act of seeking to gain that for which another is also striving; rivalry; a contest; nonetheless a form of joint effort. Confederation: Being united in an alliance or league; joining for a special purpose. Consolidation: combining of several into one; usually implies major structural changes that bring operations together. • Consortium: association; same as alliance • Cooperation: the act of working together to produce an effect. From The COLLABORATION HANDBOOK
  4. 4. Building Key Relationships and doing Work Cooperation • Shorter-term informal relations that exist • lack any clearly defined mission, structure, or planning effort characterize cooperation. Coordination • More Formal relationships • Understanding of missions • Focus longer-term interaction around a specific effort or program • Require some planning and division of roles • Open communication channels between organizations Collaboration • More Curable and pervasive relationship • Separate organizations form a new structure with full commitment to a common mission • Require comprehensive planning and well-defined communication channels From THE COLLABORATION HANDBOOK