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The goal of community collaboration is to bring individuals and members of communities, agencies and organizations together in an atmosphere of support to systematically solve existing and emerging problems that could not be solved by one group alone.  Understanding the complexities of collaboration and applying the key elements involved in collaboration increases the likelihood of achieving shared goals and outcomes.  To assist citizens and practitioners in their collaborative efforts, the National Network for Collaboration created a Collaboration Framework.  The framework along with associated materials and practical tools are available through this interactive web-based resource. 


This is a web version of the

Collaboration CD-ROM Training Program Manual

authored by Lynne Borden, Ph.D., The Ohio State University and Daniel Perkins, Ph.D., University of Florida, produced by Bruce E. Haas, Ph.D.

Collaboration: The Power of WE the People National Satellite Broadcast, 12/7/1998.


For reference materials referred to in "The Power of WE the People"contact Ellen Rowe. Also available: Presentation as MS PowerPoint or PDF | VHS copies (pdf)

Network Members | More about the National Network for Collaboration | Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERnet) | Center for Rural Studies

Online Network and CES Collaboration and Change Resources:

To contact the Collaboration Network, send e-mail to: nncoinfo@extension.umn.edu

Assessing Your Collaboration: A Self Evaluation Tool. Lynne Borden and Dan Perkins article in the April issue of the Journal of Extension.

Collaboration Framework ... Addressing Community Capacity, (18 pages/455 Kb) designed to help individuals and practitioners who are starting or need help strengthening a collaboration to achieve clearly defined outcomes.

Community-Based Collaboration: Community Wellness Multiplied, a resource which explores and explains the process by which citizens, agencies, organizations and businesses make formal sustained commitments to collaborate to accomplish a shared vision or purpose.

Building Coalitions: a series of fact sheets on coalition formation and maintenance

Building Communities of Support for Families in Poverty, a manual that uses participatory research, education, and evaluation to build sustainable communities of support in high risk neighborhoods throughout the nation.

Building & Maintaining Community Coalitions on Behalf of CYF, a report from the Community Coalitions in Action project, Institute for Children, Youth, and Families Michigan State University.

Transitions: Implementing Change Decisions, abstract.

CYFERNet Groups & Quick Links:
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CYFERnet    National Network of Health    Child Care