Building and sustaining a collaboration is an ongoing process. During the life of the collaboration goals may change, access to new resources and expertise may become available, or pieces may become weak or broken, thus it is important that the partners continually reassess the collaboration. Regularly looking at “what is working” and “what is not working” will help to strengthen the collaborative, as well as help in sustainability.
During your thinking and writing exercises you have come up with some great ideas about improving your collaboration and sustaining your program efforts. Take the time to share these ideas with your partners and with your supervisor. You may have more questions and ideas. You are encouraged to talk about what you have learned and ask those questions.
Are you convinced that collaboration can make a difference in the way you and your colleagues help adolescents? Cooperating and coordinating are important activities too. If that is the primary way your alliance is functioning, be sure to continue the good work. However, collaboration may be a means to ensure that the work you are doing during this grant is sustained after the grant funds end.
Good luck and thank you for taking the time to explore how to strengthen your partnerships and your program efforts.
Follow this link to take the Sustainability and Collaboration evaluation and quiz.
The majority of the information in this module was provided by Karen Ray and the following resources: