A collaborative learning project 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.