Stages

STAGES OF COLLABORATION

Overview

The stages of collaboration do not follow a straight course. Instead, stages may loop back, repeat themselves, or overlap. Each stage includes milestones to be achieved.

Stage 1: Getting Together (envision results)

  • Decide to act – assess the need for collaboration and your own readiness to collaborate
  • Bring people together and involve the right people
  • Set initial ground rules
  • Begin to build trust
  • Evaluate the progress
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Stage 2: Building Trust & Ownership (empower ourselves)

  • Engage partners
  • Confirm organizational roles & develop a common base of knowledge
  • Define shared vision
  • Commit to collaborate
  • Revisit & revise ground rules, including how conflict will be resolved
  • Identify planning resources
  • Evaluate progress

 

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Stage 3: Developing a Strategic Plan (ensure results)

  • Develop a mission
  • Assess the environment & collaborative capabilities
  • Establish well-formed goals
  • Examine & select strategies
  • Develop a plan of action
  • Create joint systems
  • Evaluate progress
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Stage 4: Taking Action (endow continuity)

  • Formalize interagency relationship – written agreements
  • Implement plan of action
  • Deepen collaborative culture
  • Create visibility – involved the community
  • Adapt & expand the initiative
  • Evaluate progress
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Adapted from Atelia Melaville & Martin Blank with Gelareh Asayesh, “Together We Can: AA Guide for Crafting a Profamily System of Education & Human Services” and “Collaboration Handbook,” Amherst Wilder Foundation.

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STAGES OF COLLABORATION