• Learning and collaboration are essential for solving challenges and creating opportunities in our organizations and communities.
  • Collaborative learning happens when people come together to learn and take action for positive impact.
  • At CHS we support collaborative learning projects for associations, foundations, nonprofits, public agencies, and other organizations interested in collaborative learning and improvement. Learn more below.

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.

Potential Applications

  • A collaborative learning project is an efficient vehicle for helping community nonprofits build capacity and demonstrate positive community impact. CHS can help you:
    • Define the focus of the project
    • Engage other 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.
  • A collaborative learning project is an ideal platform for engaging community partners in creating a healthier community. CHS can help you:
    • Define the focus of the project
    • 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.
  • A collaborative learning project is a creative strategy for helping community stakeholders work together for system change.
  • Here we define system change as optimizing the policies, practices, and systems that determine access to community services and supports.
  • 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 Conveners

  • Collaborative learning is an efficient vehicle for supporting a wide range of cross-sector partnerships.
  • CHS has produced collaborative learning projects on behalf of partnerships between professional associations, foundations, and public health agencies. Recent examples include:
    • SYNC, a leadership learning program for healthcare teams operated through a cross-sector partnership between the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, the Virginia Nurses Foundation, the Virginia Pharmacists Association, and the Virginia Department of Health.  (Learn more…)
    • The Population Health Assessment and Improvement Collaborative, a cross-sector partnership between the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and the Virginia Department of Health. (Learn more…)

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