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Guide for Successful Collaborations (Strieter & Blalock, 2006)

1. Clearly define problem or situation, and ascertain that forming a collaboration is the best solution.

2. Invite members from as many diverse segments of the community as compatible with your mission.

3. Develop a common vision of project to ensure feelings of shared ownership.

4. Ensure that everyone has a voice and is treated respectfully.

Strive for open communications.

Use membership-driven agendas during meetings.

5. Clearly define program and collaboration goals.

Create collaborative guidelines with enough flexibility to keep all partners engaged.

Plan for program and collaboration evaluations.

6. Define process and plan of work.

Determine skills, preferences and pertinent individual expertise.

Delegate responsibilities & leadership roles based on characteristics & skills

Define strategies to eliminate/minimize discrepancies in effort and benefits.

7. Establish and nurture trusting working relationships between collaborators.

8. Provide benefits to members and align reward structure (if any) with collaborative goals.

9. Evaluate program and collaboration to provide evidence of outcomes & impact.

10. Modify, expand and/or drop collaboration to maximize success and/or sustainability as required by program mission.

Collab & Coord notes for TA&D  10-15-085

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