• At CHS we use an innovative approach called a strategy collaborative to bring people together for focused learning and action.
  • A typical strategy collaborative engages individuals or teams from multiple organizations in collaborative learning and action to accomplish goals defined by the participants.
  • We produce strategy collaboratives for foundations, associations, and other organizations interested in facilitating collaborative learning and action.
  • Learn more about the possibilities below, and contact us to learn more the possibilities for creating a strategy collaborative.

A strategy collaborative is a planned program for engaging teams of people from multiple organizations in collaborative learning and action to accomplish defined goals.

  • A strategy 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.

CHS has supported strategy collaboratives for a wide ranging of conveners and collaborating organizations.    Here we provided 10 recent examples of strategy collaboratives convened by foundations, associations, and partnerships.

Strategy Collaboratives Convened by Foundations

  • 1. Chronic Care. A regional collaborative focused on strengthening the chronic care safety net for low-income community members with chronic conditions. (9 organizations, convened and sponsored by a regional health foundation.)
  • 2. Mental Health. A regional collaborative focused on strengthening the mental health safety net for low-income community members with mental health conditions.  (16 organizations, convened and sponsored by a regional health foundation.)
  • 3. Older Adults. A regional collaborative focused on strengthening older adult services for community members 65 and older.  (12 organizations, convened and sponsored by a regional health foundation.)

Strategy Collaboratives Convened by Associations 

  • 4. PCMH Development. A statewide collaborative focused on patient-centered medical home (PCMH) development for teams of professionals from community health centers.  (24 organizations, convened by a state primary care association.)
  • 5. Charitable Clinic Standards. A statewide collaborative focused on developing a set of performance standards for charitable clinics. (7 organizations, convened by a state charitable clinic association.)
  • 6. Demonstrating Community Value. A statewide collaborative focused on demonstrating the community value of community behavioral health organizations.  (30 organizations, convened by a state association of community behavioral health organizations.)

Strategy Collaboratives Convened by Partnerships

  • 7. Transforming Healthcare Leadership. A statewide collaborative focused on interprofessional teamwork and leadership development, for teams from hospitals, health systems, medical practices, community health centers, community behavioral health organizations, pharmacy organizations, health professions training, and social support organizations.  (40 teams over six cohorts, convened by a partnership between a state medical society, a state association of hospitals & health systems, a state nursing association, and the state public health agency.)
  • 8. Reducing Low-Value Services.  A statewide collaborative focused on reducing low-value health care services for teams of clinical leaders from six large health systems.  (6 organizations, convened by a nonprofit health innovation center, with funding from a national foundation.)
  • 9. Strategic Collaboration. A statewide collaborative focused on helping hospitals and public health agencies work together for community health assessment and improvement.  (20+ member organizations, convened by a partnership between a state association of hospitals and health systems, and the state public health agency.)
  • 10. Expanding Rural Telehealth. A regional collaborative focused on expanding telehealth services in rural communities.  (7 organizations, convened as a partnership between a regional telehealth innovation center, a regional health system, a regional behavioral health organization, a charitable clinic, a community health center, a community college, and a university.  Funding is provided by federal grants.)

CHS applies a proven process to help our client partners develop strategy collaboratives that work.  We listen carefully to define the project parameters, then we work with you to tailor the collaborative using the nine-step process outlined below.

  1. Focus. Choose a focus (or purpose) for the collaborative.
  2. Engage. Engage prospective participants in the collaborative.
  3. Define. Define specific goals for learning and action.
  4. Design. Design the collaborative format including length of time, the types of learning supports, sources of subject matter expertise, and mix of virtual vs. in-person activities.
  5. Develop. Develop collaborative learning resources that may include data, tools, training, technical assistance, coaching, strategic guidance, and subject matter experts.
  6. Facilitate. Facilitate collaborative dialog through feedback surveys, virtual meetings, and in-person learning sessions.
  7. Support. Support learning and action by providing research, expert insight, data, tools, technical assistance, coaching, and technical assistance.
  8. Optimize. Optimize performance by monitoring progress and fostering dialog about member breakthroughs, challenges, and next-step strategies.
  9. Demonstrate. Demonstrate impact through strategic evaluation of changes in learning, action, and impact.

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