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Whether you’re working on a local collective impact initiative or a national public-private partnership; whether you’re a practitioner or a researcher; whether you’re looking for basics or a detailed look at a particular topic, our Resource Library can help you find the information and tools you need for your cross-sector thinking and practice. The Library — which includes resources from research organizations, advisory groups, training organizations, academic centers and journals, and other sources — spans issue areas, sectors, and partnership types.

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To help users find relevant, quality resources from our Resource Library, we create curated lists on a variety of topics, bringing important practitioner- and academic-oriented work to the forefront.

“The underlying idea of partnerships is that by generating additional knowledge and resources, results can be achieved that benefit all parties and which they could not have achieved on an individual basis. Collaborative advantage is achieved if the following equation is reached: 1+1+1=4. The widely-held…

“The Community Systems Development Toolkit supports the hands-on implementation of collaborative systems work at the local level, providing resource tools that cover the full spectrum of community systems and coordination work. Tailored to the needs of community-based collaboration and organized in systems change theory, the…

“This toolkit is designed to provide ideas and linkages to other resources that will increase the capacity of demonstration projects engaged in systemic reform efforts to bring together organizations and individuals, develop shared goals, and implement strategies to achieve them. It offers case study examples…

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. The Creating Objectives section looks at “developing the specific objectives that will help to make your vision and mission a reality.” It includes discussion…

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. The Developing an Organizational Structure for the Initiative chapter provides guidance in these areas: Creating and gathering a group to guide the initiative Developing…

“So much of what we do in community work involves attempts to influence people — to continue healthy behaviors, to stop (or at least cut down on) unhealthy behaviors, to volunteer their time or make a financial donation, to attend our events and fundraisers, and…

“Regional transportation planning organizations in metropolitan and rural areas, as well as their private sector, state, and federal partners, are working to overcome some of the most difficult challenges to effective and comprehensive goods movement planning — engaging all the stakeholders in successful partnerships. Building…

This tool from Collaborative Leaders Network guides partners in systemically building toward consensus in cross-sector collaboration “by having participants analyze the issue, hear from experts, generate and evaluate options, review draft documents, and revisit group agreements at every stage.”