Collaboration in NEPA - This handbook will assist federal employees who are responsible for conducting environmental reviews with expanding the effective use of collaboration as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
UNCG Guide to Collaborative Competency- This guide presents a description of five collaborative competencies and associated skill sets as well as a self-assessment tool for taking stock of your collaborative competence. The guide also contains a catalogue of available training, useful weblinks and references.
Reference Tools - Federal Highway Administration's webpage showing State-by-State examples of joint public involvement, public involvement plans, tribal consultation plans, environmental justice compliance, and use of social media, among others. An explanation of the table is found HERE.
USDA Freedom of Information Act - Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1966 and the law became effective on July 4, 1967. Congress wanted to ensure that the people have access to the records of the Executive Branch of the United States Government. Before the FOIA, the burden was on the individual to establish a right to examine government records.
Using Social Media in Government - Social media tools present unparalleled opportunities for collaborative government, but implementing these tools in government can come with unique challenges. Become familiar with relevant policies and take advantage of the many good examples across government to help you implement these tools.
University of Redlands Tools Gallery - A comprehensive overview of helpful tools such as Doodle, Adobe Buzzword, Survey Monkey and many more in a broad range of areas, including communication, decision support, surveys, mapping, collaboration portals and website design, just to name a few.
Learning and Adjusting
Closing the Feedback Loop: Evaluation and Adaptation in Collaborative Resource Management - Released in May 2013, this sourcebook is the result of a great partnership between the National Forest Foundation, several other non-governmental organizations, Northern Arizona University, and the USDA-FS’s National Partnership Office and Ecosystem Management Coordination staff. Through a combination of tips and lessons learned, as well as many short case studies, it shares ideas for how collaborative resource management groups might evaluate and adapt their work.
After Action Review - A tool for quickly assessing what happened during an activity and whether any lessons from it would help in the future. An After Action Review is simple, quick and immediately responsive to the situation and the people involved.
Sustainable Northwest's Stewardship Contracting and Collaboration: Best Practices Guidebook - This guide is intended to provide information to Forest Service and non-agency representatives anticipating involvement in, or already participating in, stewardship contracting collaborative groups. It includes information on opportunities for collaboration throughout the stewardship contracting process, offers suggestions of best practices for each step, and includes links to a wealth of additional resources.
The Colville National Forest Story (5 videos) - "From Controversy to Common Ground" centers on the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition and how this collaborative group is protecting wild roadless forests and creatively managing working forests.