Why is Collaboration Important?
What will collaboration do for me, my organization, or my clients?
- Some problems are too complex for an individual agency to handle alone. Organizations experiencing any kind of budget challenges may retract and focus on their core mission and programs. Collaboration is an opportunity to gain more financial resources so that services can get more support and it is more likely that these dollars will result in a better outcome for the community. When clients with complex needs show up, smart organizations need to know who to call on to provide a full range of services.
- There are many benefits of collaborations that go beyond financial matters. Of course funding is an essential component of collaboration, however the skills, knowledge, and information gained will strengthen and bring credibility to your program. Collaborative partnerships can also result in less duplication in services with a higher impact for the community than if the agency tried to tackle the effort on its own. Through collaboration your agency can build its capacity to deliver more of what your clients need and complex issues involving more than just your agency’s focus can be addressed.1
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