A association learning collaborative is a planned program for engaging people from multiple organizations in learning and action to accomplish their goals. CHS supports each step in the process, including design, development, delivery, and evaluation.
Topics. The learning topics for a collaborative can be focused on any aspects of organizational strategy or community strategy.
Participants. Participants may include individuals or teams from member organizations. There are no hard and fast limits on the number of participants., and the mix of participants can be decided based on the topical focus and learning objectives.
Duration. A collaborative can run from a few weeks to months, depending on the scope and nature of the project.
Structure. A collaborative typically includes a series of virtual or in-person group learning sessions, coaching and consultation between learning sessions, and an online resource center where participants can access a wide range of content (data, tools, practice guides, etc.). Subject matter expertise is provided by strategically chosen instructors, with CHS consultants facilitating coaching, consultation, and access to online resources.
Peer Learning. In addition to learning from expert instructors and consultants, participating members learn from each other as they share breakthroughs, challenges, and lessons learned. The opportunity for peer learning is a key part of the value proposition for a collaborative.
Real-World Impact. Most importantly, participants engage in applied learning by using what they learn in the collaborative to solve real-world challenges in their organization or community,