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Collaborative success means viewing things through a new lens

Collaborative success means viewing things through a new lens
Collaborating isn’t just a good idea. It’s necessary because even relatively simple ecosystems cannot be understood from a singular perspective, and although collaboratives are often necessary for breakthrough solutions, the work can be challenging to navigate.For the past year and a half the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) took the bold step to collaborate and create new solutions to our emerging healthcare needs. SNAC is part of a national campaign with 51 action coalitions. In our region, SNAC’s membership is composed of 20 community members, educators, and health care employers interested in designing pathways for nursing to contribute to the compelling need for change.

The Why and the How: For SNAC, collaboration was seen as essential from the outset because meaningful solutions require combining diverse talents, resources, and knowledge to optimize their capacity for breakthroughs. They had a common why: to lead change in nursing and health care delivery by facilitating the expanding role of nursing in a transforming health care system. However, once assembled, the big question was: how? How would this diverse group work together to create solutions.

Stages: Coalition development has been described as having seven stages: mobilization, establishing structure, building capacity for action, planning for action, implementation, refinement, and institutionalization. Although these stages appear to be sequential, in practice, movement is often circular and iterative through the stages. For example, SNAC developed a structure when it formed, but a year later as it matured its leaders are refining its structure to address its current needs.

Chapters: In addition to understanding a collaborative’s process as a series of stages, I have learned that fresh insights come from viewing a coalition’s evolution through an additional lens. I see it like the chapters … Continue Reading  http://impact.blog.thepattersonfoundation.org/collaborative-success-means-viewing-things-new-lens/