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Searchable Database of Nominations

The searchable database contains the 176 top scoring nominations that were submitted for The Collaboration Prize in 2008. Nominators were asked to complete a form and submit a letter of no more than four pages describing the following:

  • Origins: What motivating factors led to this collaboration? When and how did it begin? What organizations were involved in the development of the collaboration? Were any other organizations added, and for what purpose?
  • Structure: What is the organizational structure of the collaboration? Why was this structure chosen? How does this approach contribute to the success of the collaboration?
  • Management: How is the collaboration managed? What operating efficiencies have been achieved? How have decisions concerning management and operation of the collaboration created greater impact?
  • Impact: How has working in collaboration benefited the community—especially the constituency that is served? How has the collaboration’s value to community been measured?
  • Community response: How have others in the community responded to the collaboration?
  • Sector model: In what ways is this collaboration a worthy model for others to learn from and/or emulate?
  • Challenges along the way: What “bumps in the road” were encountered during the formation of the collaboration? How did were these challenges addressed?
  • Summarize the financial and operating efficiencies that have been achieved by the collaboration. What methodologies has the collaboration used to track these changes? Over what period of time were these results obtained?

The responses to these questions and other information from the nominations (where the collaboration is located, type of collaboration, geographic scope, focus area, year established, etc.) are accessible through the search categories of the database. For example, you can search for all mergers among arts organizations, or search for administrative consolidations in California and Arizona, or undertake a more detailed search for joint programming collaborations among state-wide environmental organizations that were prompted by high or increasing operating costs. The ability to search by multiple criteria, including key words provides the opportunity to conduct a search based upon the factors that are most relevant to your needs.

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