It can be helpful to map the nature of your organisation's collaborative relationships.

For example, the XYZ agency is applying for a new project grant and wants to work with other local agencies to ensure a collaborative approach. The map of its collaborative relationships shows the nature of relationships between agencies.

Seven agencies are represented, each in a box. XYZ Human Service is at the centre with a line linking outward to the other six agencies. The line linking to BR University is bold indicating a collaborating relationship. The line linking to local government is dotted indicating a coordinating relationship. The line linking to State Department of Funding is bold indicating a collaborating relationship. The line linking to BR Business Forum is narrow indicating a cooperating relationship. The line linking to TLC Counselling Service is a double line indicating a integrating relationship. The line linking to BNC Neighbourhood Centre is bold indicating a collaborating relationship.

Nature of relationships

XYZ Human Service

The lead agency, provides services, coordinates funds and project steering group.

State Department of Funding

Funds the project and requires a report at completion of funding.

TLC Counselling Service

Intends to amalgamate with XYZ Human Services to provide specialist services to clients.

Local government

Will list the project in its service directory.

BNC Neighbourhood Centre

Provides referrals to the project.

BR University

Project evaluator.

BR Business Forum

Steering committee member.

Mapping your organisation's relationships

Map your organisation's relationships by listing:

  • Name of organisation
  • Nature of relationship (choose one of these terms: Cooperating, Coordinating, Collaborating, Integrating)
  • Description of relationship

Once you have mapped your organisation's relationships in this way, you can transfer the information to a diagram like the one in the example.

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