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Guidelines for Successful Collaboration

Successful Collaboration Action Steps2

(1)

Involving key players at every level;

(2)

Choosing realistic goals;

(3)

Identifying priority goals;

(4)

Establishing a shared vision;

(5)

Setting attain­able objectives;

(6)

Staying focused on the objectives;

(7)

Aiming for the stars;

(8)

Avoiding red herrings;

(9)

Institutionalizing change; and

(10)

Publicizing success.

Seven Factors for Successful Collaboration3

Collaboration is defined here as “the relationship or partnership between two or more individuals, programs, or agencies”). These factors emerged from the research on inclusion from the Early Childhood Research Institute on Inclusion (ECRII)

1.

Shared philosophy

2.

Adequate time for staff communication

3.

Joint participation in program development

4.

Shared “ownership” of children (or problem/issue)

5.

Role clarity

6.

Stability in relationships

7.

Administrative support

Essential Questions for Evaluating Collaborative Initiatives4

POETRE

P – What is the purpose for the collaboration (what problems need to be addressed, or what questions need to be asked)?

O – What outcomes (results) are collaborators expecting?

E – What is the appropriate environment to accomplish the outcome (people, location, setting, materials)?

T – What is the sequence of tasks to be accomplished?

R – What should be assigned responsibility for the tasks?

E – How do we evaluate so we know that we have achieved the results we want?

Collaboration Lesson Learned5

2 Melaville, A., and M. Blank. 1991. What It Takes: Structuring Interagency Partnerships to Connect Children and Families with Comprehensive Services. Washington, D.C.: Education and Human Services Consortium in Handbook on Developing and Evaluating Interagency Collaboration in Early Childhood Special Education Programs. (2007). California Department of Education, Sacramento. Available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/fp/documents/eciacolbrtn.pdf

3  Wolery, Odom  et al.  (2000). An Administrator's Guide to Preschool Inclusion. Chapel Hill: FPG Publications.

4 Kochhar-Bryant, C. (2008) Collaboration and System Coordination for Students with Special Needs: From Early Childhood to Postsecondary Years.

5 Hayden, P, Frederick, L., & Smith, B.J. (2003) A road map for facilitating collaborative teams, Sopris West, Longmont, CO.

Collab & Coord notes for TA&D  10-15-082

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