“The [White House Council for Community Solutions] has developed this Community Collaboratives Toolbox to guide communities in creating or improving their own needle-moving collaboratives. This Toolbox is geared toward:
- Local officials (such as mayors, school superintendents and police chiefs) exploring collaboratives as a means to create broad-based change in their community
- Leaders and staff of community organizations seeking to make significant progress in their community
- Intermediaries shaping and supporting collaboratives
- Partner organizations participating in collaboratives
The Community Collaboratives Toolbox includes a detailed guide of key activities and resources for each
stage of a collaborative‘s ‘life cycle,’ as well as an assessment module to better understand whether a
collaborative is prepared to move to the next stage. There are also tools on how to structure collaboratives most effectively and how to best generate meaningful community participation.
The Community Collaboratives Toolbox consists of four primary tools, each of which is filled with
additional resources to move collaboratives toward success:
- ‘Building or Improving a Community Collaborative — Guidance by Life Cycle Stage’: Describes the five stages of a collaborative‘s life, including case studies, a checklist of key activities, and common roadblocks for each stage
- ‘Community Collaborative Assessment — A Diagnostic of Success Readiness’: Helps you evaluate your collaborative‘s readiness to implement your plan in the community
- ‘Community Collaboratives Learning Examples: Capacity, Structure, Data and Funding’: Provides examples from successful collaboratives on these four critical success factors
- ‘Community Collaboratives: The Next Generation of Community Participation’: Describes how to generate meaningful community participation, which is fundamental to community collaborative success.”
This tool is included in our list of TEN NOTABLE RESOURCES FOR IDENTIFYING WHEN AND HOW TO COLLABORATE.
This tool is included in our list of TEN NOTABLE RESOURCES FOR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION.