Collaboration generally refers to individuals or organisations working together to address problems and deliver outcomes that are not easily or effectively achieved by working alone.

Collaborative relationships are attractive because the combination of effort and expertise can provide important benefits. Through collaborative processes agencies can tap into the distinct competencies, resources and connections of partners to be more productive and innovative.

Relationships can vary in terms of the formality of arrangements and how activities are shared or integrated. A successful collaboration needs to be approached systematically and the development of a shared vision and values is crucial. Without clear goals and careful planning, collaborating organisations risk misunderstandings, disagreements or other problems.

In this section you will find information, tools and case studies to assist you in understanding, building on and formalising collaborative practice.

Collaboration decision support tool

The collaboration decision support tool is designed as a resource to aid organisations considering entering into or forming collaborations to help determine if collaboration is the most appropriate model, assess current capacity and capability to undertake collaborative action, and offer strategies and resources with which to go forward. It is informed by a strong evidence base drawn from research and practice.

You can access the free Collaboration Decision Support Tool at QCOSS Community Door eTraining.

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