Collaboration is often thought of as a way for agencies and organizations to stretch their budgets by pooling human resources. But in the field of prevention, collaboration also reflects a particular point of view: that by working together, partners can bring different perspectives to bear on a problem, thereby bringing about change.
There is no one prescribed formula for collaboration. People—and the situations they face—determine how collaborations come about, how they work, and what they ultimately accomplish. Yet, most collaborative activities ultimately fall into one of three categories:
There are a number of ways to enhance the effectiveness of your collaborative efforts:
Developed under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies contract (Reference #HHSS277200800004C).