Collaboration to Promote Use of Community Indicators: Communication Is Key
To play a meaningful role in quality-of-life efforts, organizations managing indicators initiatives must collaborate with others. After summarizing evidence-based factors that influence the success of collaboration, the chapter highlights factors of greatest potential interest to community indicators initiatives: Mutual understanding and trust, members see the collaboration as in their self-interest, multiple layers of participation, appropriate cross-section of members, and open and frequent communication. These factors are then explored through a case study of the community indicators project that we operate, Minnesota Compass. Finally, we end by outlining a tactical approach to communications and outreach that reinforces collaboration—and helps to ensure the use of indicators toward the broader goal of increasing overall quality of life.
KeywordsMinnesota Compass Collaboration Quality of life Communication
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