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The Collaboration Handbook for Parent Centers and P&A Agencies is housed on the CPIR website as separate webpages to enhance your quick access to its many sections. This section of the handbook looks at the results of collaboration and evaluating collaborative activities.

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Results of Collaboration

Parent Centers and P&A agencies reported some very positive results from their collaboration. Below are some examples of the results of the collaborative activities as reported by the Parent Centers and P&As:

Significant changes in state laws, rules, and regulations that benefit children with disabilities and their families as a result of jointly engaging and educating policy makers

Feelings of “strength in numbers” in confronting difficult systemic issues such as seclusion and restraint and bullying in schools

Expanded coverage and presence working on individual and systemic levels which has led to improved results for children, youth, and families

Enhanced continuity for families seeking assistance from either organization

Decrease in duplication of materials and overlap of other resources through prioritizing activities and sharing materials and staff time on projects. This is accomplished by informally supporting the projects and activities of the other organization or methodically and thoughtfully examining what each organization must accomplish during the year, and then planning ways to commit to collectively impact the other organization’s expected outcomes by offering well-synchronized supports and services.

Staff comfort and willingness to contact the other organization for input and information by “picking up the phone” in an informal type of relationship

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Evaluating Collaborative Activities

Some of the Parent Centers and P&A’s are evaluating their collaboration. Methods used to evaluate the impact of their collaboration include:

When educating policy makers, the outcomes are measured on whether the preferred outcome is achieved on the specific issues. This method has also been used to measure the success of working in coalitions.

When conducting trainings, the outcomes have been evaluated using evaluations specifically developed for the training.

When materials have been developed by both organizations, the outcomes have been evaluated through tracking the distribution of materials.

When examining the impact of a cross-referral triage processes, collecting data on the number of referrals made, number of shared clients, and the outcomes of those referrals.

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Return to the Table of Contents to read another section of the Collaboration Handbook.