You can’t mandate what matters
The more complex the change, the less it can be forced.
Mandates are important, but people need both internal and external motivation.
Collaboration must be needs-driven, context embedded and fueled by accomplishments
Local collaborations are facilitated by both top down and bottom up support.
Commitment to collaboration evolves over time as the result of people working together on mutually beneficial activities.
Build a team vision and goals based on assessment of the current community context.
Think big and start small
Having an outside facilitator isn’t essential, but very helpful especially at the beginning (a facilitator who is seen as neutral).
Sustaining collaboration requires at least one champion on the team who:
is willing to provide leadership
is committed to collaboration and making it work
is perceived by the team as fair and a good leader who has the team’s interest in mind.
Has good facilitation and organizational skills
Can carry on as the facilitator if the early neutral one leaves.
Focus training, technical assistance and team facilitation on capacity building. Help build a positive working relationship
Team facilitation is a developmental process with the facilitator’s role evolving commensurate with the teams’ capacity.
Collab & Coord notes for TA&D 10-15-083