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Community Collaboration Measures and Resources

The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives has a Measures for Community Success database with descriptions of over 100 evaluation tools and methods for evaluating community initiatives. Many of these tools have been designed for very specific types of initiatives, such as child development or substance abuse prevention. However, the resources are useful for getting ideas for community-based indicators or for evaluation of collaborations. There are some entries that appear to have more generic applications, such as the Collaboration Index and Collaborative Assessment of Capacity. (Note: I could not find these online, so they may be more context-specific than their descriptions indicate.) Some of these entries will lead you to names of experts who might have articles of interest to you.

This is mainly a database with descriptions. If you find something of interest, you will have to dig for more information, by either doing a literature search on the instrument or the author’s name or calling the contact information listed in each entry. However, it seems to be a rich resource for learning how to work with community partners.

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