“Collaboration Multiplier is an interactive tool for strengthening collaborative efforts across diverse fields. … The tool guides organizations through a collaborative discussion to identify activities that accomplish a common goal, delineate each partner’s perspective and potential contributions, and leverage expertise and resources.
Collaboration Multiplier is based on the understanding that different groups and sectors have different views of an issue and different reasons for engaging in a joint effort. For example, a collaborative formed to increase access to healthy food in underserved neighborhoods can more effectively engage partners by recognizing that each has their own goals. A grocery store operator might expand fresh food offerings to enhance sales and profits, a health department would support the effort to improve health, and the Mayor might see enhanced food retail as fundamental for a flourishing community. Collaboration Multiplier helps surface these perspectives and forge strategies that advance their objectives simultaneously.
Collaboration Multiplier can be used in different stages of collaboration. It can be used by a newly formed or established partnership that wants to strengthen its collective effort, or it can be used by an individual or small set of organizations that recognize the value of a diverse partnership and want to think strategically about whom to invite to the table.”