Dedicate sufficient time and resources to the collaboration.

Engaging in meaningful collaboration takes time, but can create lasting relationships and fundamental changes to the culture, policies, and practices of the organizations involved, and ultimately create safer and more accessible services for survivors with disabilities. In the early stages of a collaboration, talk about the time involved, both to attend meetings and the activities that may be required between meetings, and have each organization commit to contributing that amount of time. Meeting organizers should be respectful of members’ limited time and take steps to ensure productivity.

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  • The amount of time and resources each collaborating agency contributes varies from collaboration to collaboration.
  • Participants should commit to carving out time for in-person meetings and non-meeting related contributions, such as working on assignments from meetings, reviewing and commenting on materials, informing key stakeholders within their own organization, and creating agency buy-in.
  • The following factors can impact the amount of time each collaboration should spend working together: history of working together, familiarity of subject matter, number of partners, and vision alignment among partners.