Collaboration Challenges for RPGS: Data, Shared Outcomes, and Choosing the Bridges

April 3, 2008
Nancy K. Young, Executive Director, Children and Family Futures
Sid Gardner, President, Children and Family Futures

Presented by Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Regional Partnership Grant Program, and the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

At an interagency arena, many data issues are essentially collaboration issues, based on a lack of consensus on what to measure or why it is important. The fundamentals of collaboration—shared outcomes in which two or more agencies agree that they will measure their effects of their collaboration with outcomes from each system—demand a flow of data that accomplishes two goals: (1) initially proves the need for collaboration and then (2) monitors its impact over time.