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Journey to Successful Collaborations6 The Collaboration Process

The steps outlined below provide an easy to comprehend, yet valuable map for navigating the collaboration process. While each step on the road is important, the first two are crucial.

Step 1. Clearly define the problem: need for journey.

Step 2. Identify core partners to develop the program: travel companions.

Step 3.  Develop a common vision of the project to increase feelings of shared ownership: the ideal journey.

Step 4. Ensure that everyone has a voice and is treated respectfully: travel etiquette.

Step 5. Clearly define program and collaboration goals: destination.

Step 6. Define process and plan of work: chart route and define travel modes.

Step 7. Establish and nurture trusting working relationships between collaborators: ensure travelers' confidence.

Step 8. Provide benefits to members and align reward structure with collaborative goals: frequent travel points.

Step 9. Evaluate program and collaboration to provide evidence of outcomes and impact: check course.

Step 10. Use evaluation results to modify, expand, and/or drop the collaboration in order to maximize success and/or sustainability as required by program mission: alter course as needed.

6 Strieter & Blalock, (February 2006). Journey to Successful Collaborations. Journal of Extension 44 (1), Article Number 1TOT4

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