Topic outline

    • Introduction and Purpose

      This collaboration decision support tool has been designed as a resource to aid organisations considering entering into or forming collaborations to:

      (a) help to determine if collaboration is the most appropriate model, 

      (b) assess current capacity and capability to undertake collaborative action, and

      (c) offer strategies and resources with which to go forward. It is informed by a strong evidence base drawn from research and practice.

      Using the decision support tool will help participating organisations to: 

      • develop a clearer understanding of the range of purposes of collaborations  
      • reflect on the partnerships they have established  
      • focus on ways to strengthen new and existing partnerships by engaging in discussion about issues and ways forward.

      You can browse the tool using the links below. Ideally, you should take the time to read the guide, and then progress through the questionnaires in the order they are given. You can do this alone, however it is best completed as a combined exercise by both organisations that are considering working together.

      In order to view and record your answers to the questions in the questionnaries you will need to log in and then register for this course. Log in or create a free account on the login page and then register for this course on the registration page.

      Robyn Keast
      Dan Chamberlain
      Southern Cross University, 2014

    • Decision Support Tool Overview

      Before you start read this guide which outlines the steps involved in the process.

      First, read the guide


      Collaborative Readiness Self Assessment Questionnaire


      This is the first of three questionnaires, to find out if you are ready to start the process. You will need to create a free login to be able to access and complete this questionnaire.

      Answer the Collaborative Readiness Self Assessment Questionnaire

      Organisational Assessment Questionnaire


      Depending on your answers to the first questionnaire, you may wish to look at this one. You will need to create a free login to be able to access and complete this questionnaire.

      Answer the Organisational Assessment Questionnaire

      Sector Assessment Questionnaire


      Again depending on your previous answers from the other questionnaires, you may find this last one useful. It may not be necessary to answer all three. You will need to create a free login to be able to access and complete this questionnaire.

      Answer the Sector Assessment Questionnaire


      Networking Types

      By now you should have a good idea which networking type is most applicable to your organisation. Use the links here to read more.


      Case Studies and Resources

      This last section contains further reading, resources and activities to help you decide on concrete actions to put into place.

      Resources, case studies and further reading