Bring People Together for Learning and Action

  • Collaboration is essential for solving challenges and creating opportunities in our organizations and communities.
  • Collaborative learning happens when people from different settings come together to learn and take action for positive change.
  • An action learning collaborative is a practical way to combine group learning with focused action to help people optimize performance and elevate impact.
  • At CHS we work with our client partners to produce action learning collaboratives for associations, foundations, public agencies, and other organizations interested in collaborative learning and improvement. Learn more below.

An action learning collaborative can engage individuals or teams from multiple organizations within a community, region, state, or national setting. A collaborative can extend anywhere from three months to 12 months or longer depending on the scope of work and the interests of participants. Key development steps for creating an action learning collaborative include:

  • Select a Focus.  Select a focus for the collaborative based on needs and interests of the sponsor, the prospective participants, and the communities they serve.
  • Engage Participants. Engage individuals or teams from multiple organizations.
  • Define Goals. Help participants define practical goals for learning and action.
  • Design Supports. Design an action learning program that is responsive to the goals of the sponsors and participants.
  • Facilitate Learning. Facilitate learning through a tailored set of group learning sessions, webinars, and online resources that enable participants learn from subject matter experts as well as other Collaborative members.
  • Support Action. Support action with coaching, data, tools, and technical assistance to help participants implement what they are learning through the Collaborative.
  • Optimize Performance.  Track improvements in performance resulting from learning and action.
  • Elevate Impact.  Identify links between performance improvement and positive impact for the participating organizations and the community they serve.

Three Common Applications

  • An action learning collaborative is an ideal platform for engaging community partners in creating a healthier community. CHS can help you:
    • Define the focus of the collaborative
    • Engage community organizations as collaborative partners
    • Define goals for community health improvement
    • Design supports for collaborative members
    • Facilitate learning through group learning sessions and other learning supports
    • Support action by helping participants turn learning into effective practice
    • Optimize performance of community programs and services
    • Evaluate impact on community capacity and community health.
  • An action learning collaborative is an efficient vehicle for helping community nonprofits build capacity and demonstrate positive community impact. CHS can help you:
    • Define the focus of the collaborative
    • Engage community nonprofits as collaborative partners
    • Define goals for capacity building and community impact
    • Design supports for collaborative members
    • Facilitate learning through group learning events and other learning supports
    • Support action by helping participants turn learning into effective practice
    • Optimize performance in delivering services and managing resources
    • Evaluate impact on nonprofit capacity and community health.
  • An action learning collaborative is a creative strategy for helping community stakeholders work together for system change. CHS can help you:
    • Define the focus of the system change effort
    • Engage key stakeholders as collaborative partners
    • Define goals for system improvement
    • Design supports (data, tools, education) for collaborative members
    • Facilitate learning through group learning events and other learning supports
    • Support action by helping participants turn learning into system improvements
    • Optimize system performance through ongoing monitoring of implementation and improvement
    • Evaluate impacts of system changes on key stakeholders.

Potential Sponsors and Partners

  • An action learning collaborative is an efficient vehicle for supporting a wide range of cross-sector partnerships.
  • CHS has produced collaboratives on behalf of partnerships between professional associations, foundations, and public health agencies.
  • This recent example illustrates just some of the possibilities:
    • Sponsors. Four statewide associations and a state public health agency, with federal grant funding.
    • Focus. Helping interprofessional teams of health care providers strengthen their competencies for interprofessional collaboration and leadership.
    • Participants. Interprofessional teams of three to five people from organizations in health care, public health, and other community organizations.
    • Goals.  Each team defines its own goals for learning and action within the general focus of the collaborative.
    • Design. CHS works with all of the partners and participants to design a responsive action learning program.
    • Learning Supports. Participants engage in four onsite group learning sessions over a nine month period with expert faculty presentations and facilitated peer learning opportunities.
    • Action Steps. Participating teams work together on a ‘capstone project’ designed to address a real challenge or opportunity affecting their organization or community.  Action period supports include webinars, coaching, data, tools, training, technical assistance, and a shared online resource center.
    • Performance. Participating teams deliver a ‘teach-back’ presentation at the final session to share their accomplishments, insights, and lessons learned.
    • Impact. Participants report positive impact on their personal development and team development, as well as positive impact on the people they serve resulting from their capstone project.

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