Linking up, down and sideways in collaborating organizations, sectors

Collaboration involves establishing and leveraging relationships and communication between the different participating organizations. The relationships are useful to ensure that solid two-way communication channels exist. As well, they help to facilitate the flow of resources and ensuring that appropriate decisions are made in a timely fashion.

Often, connections between organizations focus on the specific representatives that sit at the table of a complex collaboration initiative. They serve as the conduit for information sharing. However, the need for interaction and involvement frequently extends well beyond the role of these specific individuals. It is important to attend to linkages in at least two ways – BOTH between AND within the collaborating organizations.