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Help Sheet

How to establish a collaboration

Sometimes collaborations are almost taken for granted, other times they take a bit of work. They generally start with pre-existing relationships and build from there around the relevant issues.

If you've found a group that you think would make a good collaboration partner, but you have no prior relationship with them, then it's generally a good idea to call the campaign coordinator of that group and arrange a meeting to outline your proposal.

However, whoever's involved in the collaboration, it's important to establish from the outset the following things:

Generally speaking these things are discussed during the formation of the alliance and will be understood by all parties by the time the collaboration begins formally.

However, even the most cooperative partners can have different views about who they believe is responsible for different stages. The best advice for any community group is to produce a written agreement (or memorandum of understanding, or project plan) that sets out who will be responsible for each element of the project.

Here are some tips to help community groups work together.

In the vast majority of community collaborations communication is good and there's little need for any formal agreement. Where projects do go a bit awry, however, a basic formal agreement can act as a dispute settler, ensuring that everyone's energy is poured in to improving the community rather than arguing over who forgot to do what.

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