Collaboration is essential for solving complex community problems. At CHS we work with our client partners to create community collaboratives that help people build capacity for community health improvement.
- A community collaborative is a planned program for engaging teams of people from multiple organizations in collaborative learning and action to accomplish defined goals.
- A community collaborative can be convened by a foundation, an association, or another organization seeking to foster collaboration for learning and action.
- The basic approach is to choose a focus, engage participants, define goals, design and develop supports, and collaborate on learning and action to accomplish the goals.
- The number of organizations participating could range from three to dozens depending on the scope and nature of the project.
- The time period could run from a few weeks to many months, depending on the scope and nature of the project.
- The supports and activities are tailored for the project, and typically include a mix of online resources, virtual meetings, in-person strategy sessions, coaching, and technical assistance.
Visit our action learning collaboratives page to learn more about how to create a community collaborative.