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Initiating and Sustaining Relationships

Setting the Context: The Process of Collaboration

This PowerPoint provides an overview of research and theory regarding collaboration in the early childhood field and provides a research agenda for moving forward. It outlines five overarching questions that should be addressed by future research.

Building Strategic Relationships Module

This training module includes information on how to build a successful strategic relationship. It was designed to support Child Care and Development Fund State Administrators in developing relationships that support systems building. The module includes key concepts, considerations, and tools.

Elements of the Early Childhood System in Maryland

This presentation looks at various elements of the early childhood system in Maryland, including demographics, service integration, collaboration efforts, and measures of levels of success within the State.

The Partner Tool

The Partner Tool is a social network analysis tool designed to measure and monitor collaboration among people and organizations. It is designed for use by collaboratives and coalitions to demonstrate how members are connected and how resources are leveraged and exchanged. It can also be used to link outcomes to the process of collaboration.

When State Collaborations Work, How do They Work, and How Can They be More Effective, More Often: Applying Lessons Learned from Community Coalitions

This PowerPoint resource examines a series of approaches to evaluate the collaboration process, track the path from collaboration to outcomes, and apply this to make collaborations more effective. The presentation also addresses results-based accountability and how this approach can facilitate effective collaboration.

Building and Sustaining Child Welfare Partnerships

This brief highlights the importance of interagency collaboration and community partnerships, shares lessons learned by Systems of Care grantees, and describes steps and strategies that child welfare agencies can use to forge partnerships with child- and family-serving organizations and community members.

Steps for Considering and Creating an Alliance

This e-newsletter outlines steps for nonprofit organizations when considering and creating an alliance in order to engage in coordination and collaboration. It describes a five-step process for forming an alliance and provides recommendations for each step.

Webinar on Collaboration in Early Child Care and Education

This PowerPoint provides an overview of current issues and approaches to collaboration in early care and education. It includes a theory of change logic model and provides examples of collaborative early care and education initiatives.

State Level Collaborations and Collaborating Programs

This PowerPoint outlines considerations for measuring collaboration in the early childhood field. It describes key dimensions of collaboration, outcomes to consider, and methodological issues.

Collaboration Checkup: Assessing and Improving Your Community Partnership

This toolkit provides an overview of partnerships and resources to support partnership evaluation. It was developed to help community agencies better understand the functioning of partnerships so they can more effectively develop and nurture those that have a measurable impact in local communities. The toolkit provides example surveys and other measurement tools to assess both the functioning of the partnerships and the results achieved.