Develop Clear Expectations Regarding Roles and Responsibilities

Achieving the collaboration’s vision takes a lot of work and each member has a role to play. Each organization must commit to the collective vision and work plan. Each organization also needs to commit a staff person and resources, such as time, meeting space, and materials. Additionally, each has unique contributions to make based on its expertise. Disability organizations, for example, can share knowledge about working with people with disabilities, while victim service groups bring their insights about violence against women. Successful collaborations jointly define each member’s roles and responsibilities and hold one another accountable for meeting them.

Resources You Can Use

  • Intersections Commitments and Contributions. In this section of their collaboration charter, the Intersections Collaboration in Boulder, CO outlines the commitments and contributions of collaboration members, unique expertise of each organization, and the role of the project director.
  • King County Roles and Responsibilities. As part of their collaboration-building efforts, the Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project of King County, WA established clear expectations of each member agency, agency representative, and project director, including time commitment.