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Section 1:  Setting and Resetting the Stage

Community Systems Development first begins when a group of people realize a need to work with others to achieve common goals in a community. In some cases, an organization or community resident decides to establish a collaboration. 


Other times, state or funder requirements compel organizations or communities to participate in collaborative efforts. In either case, participating in a collaborative requires the recognition that there is work to be done that cannot be accomplished by a single individual or organization, and that others in the community have a stake in the process and outcomes and have something valuable to contribute.

Activities centered on finding the right people to participate in the effort, establishing a process for working together, and ensuring a shared vision are critical steps in planning for collaboration and building a community systems development approach.  There are a number of variables to consider in this component of the collaboration building effort. 

The work of setting and resetting the stage is broken down through the following subsections; click on a subsection to learn more about the activities included and find available tools.