Participants are emboldened to build on the relationships and skills they’ve developed to pursue change in their communities going forward.
The long-term goal of this type of cross-sector collaboration is to strengthen people—in terms of their confidence, skills, and networks—so they are fully competent to pursue change in their communities beyond the close of a particular initiative.
Part of that change involves learning to navigate systems effectively and hold institutions accountable as individuals pursue their community interests and work to get their needs met.
During the final stages of the formal collaboration, participants are encouraged to build on collaborative relationships they’ve developed, monitor the progress of the project they’ve worked on, and involve more and more people in subsequent cross-sector problem solving and planning efforts.
The essential, long-term goal is to build the capacity to change things in the community.