Collaboration Multiplier is an interactive framework and tool for analyzing collaborative efforts across fields. It is designed to guide an organization to a better understanding of which partners it needs and how to engage them, or to facilitate organizations that already work together in identifying activities to achieve a common goal, identify missing sectors that can contribute to a solution, delineate partner perspectives and contributions, and leverage expertise and resources. Using Collaboration Multiplier can help lay the foundation for shared understanding and common ground across all partners.
Based on the understanding that sectors often have different understandings of issues and divergent reasons for engaging in the same effort, Collaboration Multiplier helps partners navigate differences to find approaches that advance their objectives simultaneously. Collaboration Multiplier can be used at different stages of collaboration, and is designed to complement and inform Prevention Institute's Spectrum of Prevention, which promotes multi-level strategic action as a best practice for primary prevention.
Collaboration Multiplier discusses SafeTREC, the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center at UC Berkeley as a case study.
Collaboration Multiplier offers multi-disciplinary coalitions an interactive framework for evaluating each partner's skills. It helps them more effectively target their individual and joint needs and apply their skill sets, thereby multiplying collective accomplishments. Prevention Institute has adapted Collaboration Multiplier to prevent violence in Multi-Sector Partnerships for Preventing Violence and its companion document.