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4. Working Together and Taking Collective Action

Once participants agree on the collaboration’s vision and goals, it is time to put the plan into practice, which involves working together on collaborative strategies. At this point in community systems development work, participating organizations must develop mechanisms to facilitate ongoing collaboration with other organizations while distributing responsibilities equitably among partners. Collaborators commit to specific next steps, implement strong communication strategies, and seek community buy-in during implementation of the shared activities in the strategic plan, or work plan. This involves finding ways to share information, share resources, find sources of funding and support for collaborative activities, and involve the community in meaningful ways.