This site offers a general introduction to the principles and models for successful collaborations and advice on overcoming barriers. The site also includes an assessment of your readiness to begin a collaboration opportunity and a library of resources and contacts for creating all types of collaboration in Minnesota State.
Collaboration is defined as a process to reach goals that cannot be achieved by one single agent. It is a mutually beneficial and well-defined relationship entered into by two or more organizations to achieve common goals. It includes the following components:
- Jointly developing and agreeing on a set of common goals and directions;
- Sharing responsibility for obtaining those goals;
- Working together to achieve those goals, using the expertise and resources of each collaborator.
Collaboration stresses sharing risks and responsibilities towards a jointly defined goal such as providing support services for students. It increases the likelihood that the goal can be met. Collaboration is not always effective. It is not always appropriate. Sometimes it might even result in greater costs than independent efforts. It does offer a strategic tool of value in many situations.