Collaboration Tools

We understand that every collaborative relationship is unique and will grow in its own way. To address the evolving needs of practitioners, the tools and worksheets in this toolkit are organized by essential elements inherent to successful collaborations.

If you are new to collaboration, explore tools included under the first element—Understanding the Basics. If you are already collaborating with partners, browse the elements that correspond with where you are in the collaboration process. This just-in-time approach lets you access the information you need to move your prevention efforts forward.

We have also added a separate section of tools designed to facilitate collaboration with the range of new partners needed to address the current opioid crisis.

Understanding the Basics
Are you interested in collaborating—but still not sure what it’s all about? Explore how and why people collaborate, opportunities for collaboration across SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, and some of the core principles of successful collaboration.
Identifying Needs and Opportunities for Collaboration
Collaboration sounds exciting, but is the timing right? Before jumping in, make sure your reasons are clear, your team is ready, and you know where to look for partners who can extend and enhance your prevention efforts.
Engaging the Right Partners
Getting the right partners on board takes careful planning. The tools in this section will help you develop a recruitment plan, make a strong case for involvement, and connect more effectively with specific groups of stakeholders.
Exploring Ways to Work Together
Your partners are on board—now what? Before the work begins, think through how your group will function, how decisions will be made, and what partners need to know—about the project and one another—to be productive and stay engaged.
Keeping the Collaboration Healthy
Like all good relationships, healthy collaborations require attention and nurturing. Take time out to assess the satisfaction of members, revisit collaboration activities, and respond to the evolving needs of the group, as a whole.
Collaborating to Address the Opioid Crisis
To address the nation’s growing opioid crisis, practitioners need to collaborate with new partners in new ways. The tools in this section offer tips for establishing and maintaining effective partnerships, recognizing the unique challenges presented by this crisis.