Collaboration Toolkit

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Find Which Type of Collaborative Might Work for you

When deciding what kind of collaborative you’d like to build, consider these factors:

  • Geography: What is the scope of your collaborative? Will you focus on issues within your state, or a particular watershed? Will you cross state lines? Use this chart to view existing collaboratives and their geographies of impact.
  • Identity: Collaboratives identify with different goals. For instance, collaboratives may be created to:
    • Promote actions to protect or improve drinking water sources.
    • Share information between members.
    • Provide a hub for community education.

Browse different genres of collaboratives here.

  • Autonomy: Some collaboratives are tighter-knit, while others are loosely organized to give members more autonomy. Navigate options for integrating your members and choosing the structure that best fits your situation using a guide from the University of Virginia.

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