Collaborative work doesn’t just happen, based upon good will and expectations; it requires a set of skills, knowledge and practices to be effective.

ASPHN members are routinely asked to participate in collaborative efforts.  ASPHN has developed a primer that presents a guide to effective collaborations.

This Primer:


  • Outlines principles of collaboration.
  • Lists factors that affect successful collaboration.
  • Provides an example of ASPHN’s recent experiences in this area and
  • Offers a resource for more information.


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Mattessich P, Murray-Close M, Monsey B. St. Paul, MN: Amherst Wilder Foundation. This book explores what makes collaboration a failure or a success.

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Collaboration Handbook: Creating, Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey

(2012) Winer, Michael and Ray, Karen. St. Paul, MN: Amherst Wilder Foundation. This book is a complete guide to putting together a collaboration effort and it includes case studies, worksheets, and evaluation tools.

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Can This Collaboration Be Saved?

National Housing Institute Shelterforce Online. Paul Mattessich. Issue #129, May/June 2003. This article lists 20 factors necessary for any group effort.

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Borden, L. & Perkins, D. (1999). Journal of Extension, 37, 2. 67-72  This brief article examines thirteen factors that can influence the collaborative process.

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Tamarack is a Canadian Institute dedicated to the art and science of community engagement and collaborative leadership.

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