Assessing Collaboration Functioning
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Assessing Collaboration Functioning

These tools focus on collaboration functioning and support gathering participant and stakeholder input on the collaborative process and evaluating the functioning of a collaboration.


  1. Partnerships and Collaboratives: Diagnostic Tool for Evaluating Group Functioning – This self assessment guides each member of the group to rank how they feel the collaborative is functioning across key elements, which can be used to plan for improvements.
  2. Local Collaborative Assessment of Capacity – This self-assessment asks a series of questions about ten elements of collaborative capacity as a way of helping collaborative members determine how far they have progressed.
  3. Keeping Fit in Collaborative Work: A Survey to Self-Assess Collaborative Functioning – This tool is designed to assess a collaborative’s organizational functioning as well as progress on strategies, projects or activities.
  4. Collaborative Self-Assessment – This survey assesses experiences with a School Readiness collaborative to find out how useful the collaboration is to the work of each participating organizations.
  5. Self-Assessment/Self-Identification Tool: Evaluation of an Organization in an Existing Partnership – This tool evaluates the functioning of each participating organization in the partnership and identifies areas for improvement.
  6. Survey for Collaborative Members – This survey is for individual members of a collaborative to assess their experiences with key aspects of collaboration functioning.
  7. Diagnosing the Health of Your Coalition Assessment Instrument – This assessment tool assesses coalition functioning across ten different areas of the work with each section scored separately, allowing coalitions to focus improvement efforts toward specific areas.
  8. Climate Diagnostic Tool: The Six R’s of Participation – Focused on participation as key to successful collaboration functioning, this assessment tool asks participants to rank the collaboration across six factors of participation: recognition, respect, role, relationship, reward, and results.
  9. CFSA Collaboration Planning and Assessment Tool – This tool involves participants assessing collaboration work across five core principles. The tool also facilitates participants toward consensus about where on the continuum the collaboration falls and the most important areas to focus attention.