Phase 3. Creating a Shared Vision
What you might see
- Mindsets beginning to shift, and a growing understanding and experience of working adaptively;
- Priorities being set by the community decision-making structure;
- The agenda for change being explored in more detail, and a clear scope and goals are being defined;
- People and organisations formalising their commitment to the shared agenda through written agreements;
- The formalisation of a 'backbone' entity (if not already in place);
- The 'backbone' taking a comprehensive coordination role, in conjunction with a leadership group(s) and working groups.
What you can do
- Establish a community decision making structure that will set priorities for change and oversee the work;
- Build a roadmap for change (medium to long term strategy to deliver the agenda);
- Facilitate the community decision-making structure to set priorities and create a 6 to 12-month action plan for moving the agenda forward;
- Foster a culture of curiosity and learning, in which community members (and potentially stakeholders) can share knowledge, skills, experiences and insights, while working productively with different views for the benefit of the whole community;
- Work with the community decision-making structure and broader collaboration to translate the priorities into an agreed theory of change and action;
- Create processes to formalise commitment and membership of diverse stakeholders, not all of whom are part of an organisation;
- Ensure that community voice and perspective are reflected in the agenda and plan of action;
- Create formal and informal strategies to keep people informed, that reflect diverse communication styles and platforms;
- Develop ways to share the story of what is happening, what has worked and what is being learned.
Collaboration Tools & Resources
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This resource allows collaborators to measure how they are working together via the completion of an online survey, on a one-off or longitudinal basis.
This resource will help collaborative groups to better understand member motivation, and in doing so, develop a shared understanding of the collaborative task.
This resource includes an overview of what a common agenda is, and a five-step guide for developing a common agenda with others.
This resource explains the importance of allowing the process and results of collaboration to emerge, as distinct from applying pre-set solutions.