sometimes takes a great deal of insight and energy to solve
a complex local problem such as poverty, crime, or environmental
collaboration strengthens a community’s capacity to
address important issues by weaving together the skills, resources,
networks and knowledge of the government, business, voluntary
sectors and low-income leaders.
We’ve come to understand that multisectoral
collaboration is based on 6 key principles (see our video
clips for more on these ideas):
- Everyone is the solution and the problem.
- Together we can do more.
- We do not have answers - only a commitment to learn,
change and grow.
- We take on issues that no one sector can take on alone.
- Together we create increased Credibility, Capacity
and Capital for the work.
- The synergy is magic!
|Paul Born, Tamarack describes
some key principles of multisectoral collaboration
|Paul describes more principles
of multisectoral collaboration
Tamarack’s goal with this collection
of resources is to find and highlight examples of community
engagement. In this space, we explore how Multisectoral Collaboration
can be made more effective by using community engagement principles.
Those principles include: grassroots citizen action; collaboration
between actors; clear visions and goals; and public decision-making.
Social problems today cut across sectors
and boundaries, so the solutions have to be just as flexible
and comprehensive. Multisectoral Collaboration brings people
and organizations together to tackle problems from many different
fronts at once. Anti-poverty organizations may find themselves
working with boards of education or faith-based institutions,
working together to solve problems with the environment or
the health-care system.
We find that when different groups of people
come together with a common goal, their skills always add
up to more than the sum of their parts. That’s why we
think Multisectoral Collaboration is an important thing to
We suggest that you take a look at the two
introductory resources below, both of which will give you
a good grasp of the subject.
CommunityCollaboration.net - This website is a concise, snappy introduction to what collaboration is
and how it helps. Pete Peterson, a collaboration specialist
working in Idaho, answers basic questions, such as “why
collaborate?” and “what
does collaboration look like?” He also offers a
presentation (you’ll need Flash to view it). Peterson also provides a page of links to other resources about collaboration, offering information
both general and specific.
Building Community Through Partnership - The Caledon
Institute is a leading advocate of collaborative solutions
in Canada, and an influential voice in community engagements
across the country. These speaking
notes take a harder, more detailed look at exactly what
collaboration is and—just as importantly—what
it is not. Eric Leviten-Reid cites Opportunities
2000, the Waterloo-based collaborative poverty-reduction
project which Tamarack is very familiar with as an example
of collaboration in practice. Overhead slides are also included
as a handy appendix.
Engagement - People working collaboratively,
through inspired action and learning, to create and realize
bold visions for their common future.
Collaboration - A community project in which
many diverse actors—“sectors”—share
responsibilities, resources, and expertise. These actors may
include any combination of national and local government,
large and small business, non-governmental organizations and
charities, and people who live in the community.
Solutions - The purpose of Multisectoral Collaboration
is to solve community problems; many of these problems exist
because community actors aren’t sharing expertise or
resources very well, which leads to overlaps in some places
and gaps in others. Collaborative Solutions allow many sectors
to work well together.
Partnership - Many people use partnership as a synonym for collaboration.
We find that partnership more often refers to individual links
between actors—many partnerships working together can
produce Multisectoral Collaboration.
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