Factors of Success

Factors of Successful Collaboration

Diverse Membership and Shared Leadership

  1. The team has a core group that regularly attends meetings.
  2. The team has a balanced representation of the partners and community.
  3. Team members feel they are a part of the team and they contribute.
  4. The team uses a consensus method to make decisions and set direction.
  5. Team members participate in a variety of roles at meetings.
  6. The team shares responsibility for accomplishing its work.

Shared Vision

  1. The team has a written description of its vision and desired outcomes.
  2. The team has/is developing a work plan that describes its goals and strategies.
  3. The team’s strategies demonstrate a collaborative approach.

Effective Communication

  1. Meetings are held/communication occurs regularly.
  2. The team has a plan it uses to share information.
  3. The team addresses conflicts in ways that strengthen rather than divide the team.
  4. The team regularly reviews its progress.


  1. The community is aware of the team’s work, including the decision-makers.
  2. The team makes efforts to raise public awareness of the needs of children and families.
  3. Each member of the team contributes resources, directly or in-kind, to support the collaboration.
  4. The team shares its progress regularly with policy makers to advocate for children and families.

Adapted from Molloy, Fleming, Rodriguez, Saavedra, Tucker, and Williams (1995).

Factors of Successful Collaboration