Developing StrategicCommunity Alliances:ICCOAs & AAs  { Building Partnerships for the    Growth of Keep Illinois Working
What are ICCOA’s and AA’s?          An Institutional Collaborative & Community           Outreach Agreement (ICCOA) is a ...
Why are ICCOA’s and AA’s       important?        In order to better serve the community, we         must engage other org...
   Potential funders want to see evidence of collaborative readiness    and support from community stakeholders.   ICCOA...
The Process     {   Results-based process
Identify an Opportunity   Sometimes we can find funding that can help us develop our ideas, but    usually we must cultiv...
   What to Include:     ICCOA        Statement of Intent          Scope- These are not in any way binding or          ...
   ICCOA Continued      Duration- sets a time limit on the blanket agreement. This can       be modified if necessary, b...
   Before writing your Activity Agreement, make certain that have    the all of the following:       an overall strategy...
   What to Include:     Activity Agreement        Goals and Objectives- What is it that the two institutions are       ...
   Activity Agreement continued      Timetables: What is the sequence in which things will be       done? Are there dead...
   It is very important that this agreement be clear and specific with respect to    matters such as money, academic adva...
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  1. 1. Developing StrategicCommunity Alliances:ICCOAs & AAs { Building Partnerships for the Growth of Keep Illinois Working
  2. 2. What are ICCOA’s and AA’s?  An Institutional Collaborative & Community Outreach Agreement (ICCOA) is a document outlining the agreement between two organizations to work together for a set amount of time on collaborative projects.  An Activity Agreement (AA) is made between two collaborating parties laying out detailed plans to participate in a specific activity or project. The AA is made only following the signing of the broader ICCOA.
  3. 3. Why are ICCOA’s and AA’s important?  In order to better serve the community, we must engage other organizations and agencies in the work we do.  By collaborating with others, we are able to share resources and improve the quality and scope of collaborative projects to create better opportunities for our organization, our participants, and our community.
  4. 4.  Potential funders want to see evidence of collaborative readiness and support from community stakeholders. ICCOAs and AAs display our ability to work with others in the community and detail their willingness to commit to collaborative efforts with us. Investors only want to contribute to organizations that have proven their value to the community they serve.
  5. 5. The Process { Results-based process
  6. 6. Identify an Opportunity Sometimes we can find funding that can help us develop our ideas, but usually we must cultivate them ourselves, using resources from inside the organization and within the community. Think of what your organization is missing. Using the template handed out during training, create a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis to determine your strengths and weaknesses and develop an idea to fill in the weak spots. Know that for every deficiency, there is an opportunity to be made of it. Think, who can help us flip this weakness into a strength? What outside agency can work with us to serve the community better in this area?
  7. 7.  What to Include:  ICCOA  Statement of Intent  Scope- These are not in any way binding or determinant.  Activity Agreement- states that the institutions will only undertake activities that are outlined in a jointly-authored contract called the activity agreement.
  8. 8.  ICCOA Continued  Duration- sets a time limit on the blanket agreement. This can be modified if necessary, but should not be open-ended. Three years is generally used as the default duration for a new agreement.  Modification or termination- provides a simple way of either changing the agreement or canceling it. Note that either party may do this, unilaterally. Note, too, that activity agreements already signed have their own terms for modification and termination and should remain in force for their prescribed durations, in order to protect ongoing activities.  Signature and Notices- the individuals who will sign the agreement, and who will be the initial points of contact for further communications. These are not necessarily the same individuals who will sign activity agreements.
  9. 9.  Before writing your Activity Agreement, make certain that have the all of the following:  an overall strategy for determining who to link with, and for what purposes;  a common set of procedures for setting up and managing the collaboration;  common understandings about exactly how the collaboration will work;  long-term goals or outcomes with a methodology for measuring success; and  an interest in collaborations that can be sustained and developed through time.
  10. 10.  What to Include:  Activity Agreement  Goals and Objectives- What is it that the two institutions are trying to do together?  Activities- What specific things are to be done under this agreement? This could refer to “students studying” or “faculty researching”, but should also refer to the things needed to make those things happen – e.g., issuing visas, finding places to live, getting air tickets, setting up an office, etc.  Resources- What money, time, personnel, equipment, space, services, etc are needed to do these activities, and who will provide them?
  11. 11.  Activity Agreement continued  Timetables: What is the sequence in which things will be done? Are there deadlines? What are the beginning and end dates?  Responsibilities- Who are the specific individuals who will be charged with carrying out the listed activities?  Outcomes & Performance Measures- What are the results that are either required or hoped for, and how will we know if those results occur?  Assumptions- What conditions or situations are essentially outside everyone’s control, but will nonetheless have a major effect on the program? This includes things like illness, International changes in the exchange rate, budget changes, etc. What will we do about these things if they happen?
  12. 12.  It is very important that this agreement be clear and specific with respect to matters such as money, academic advantages, and liability issues. For student or faculty support, for example, the agreement should contain details of: Financial Arrangements: who is funding the support, when, how much, etc. Supervision and Reporting: who are the contacts and responsible people? Privileges and Restrictions: matters of status, access, etc. What’s Free and What’s Not Free: costs and the basis for costs. Support Services Available: what university services are offered? Credit Transfer: if courses are taken, do they count? On what basis?

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