Collaboration Toolbox

The following resources are helpful "tools" surrounding several key areas related to collaboration:

Designing and Forming a Collaborative Effort

  • Collaboration Primer - This brief primer will help new collaboration efforts get off on the right foot.

  • A Quick Guide for Incorporating Collaboration Into the Watershed Condition Framework - This quick guide provides strategies for collaborating during each of the steps in the Watershed Condition Framework.

  • 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.

  • Better Decisions through Consultation and Collaboration - An EPA guide to designing and implementing a collaborative process.

  • 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

Meeting Design and Management

Electronic Tools

  • 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.

  • USDA Social Media Tools and Resources - A guide to how USDA is using social media and Web 2.0 to interact with people around the globe.

  • 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.

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