Forum releases Phase I and Collaborative Working Group's reports

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June 22, 2008

A year after its first meeting, the Innovation Forum has released its Phase I report documenting the progress achieved by its steering committee and Working Groups. Of particular note is the fact that the Forum has met both of its goals: it has both spurred dialogue about innovation in the community development field by involving over one hundred people in its Working Groups and Stakeholder meetings and created new resources to support innovative practices, such as new financial tools.


The Collaborative Working Group of the Community Development Innovation Forum also released its summary report this month. Tasked with identifying and studying CDC collaborations and highlighting best practices for high-impact collaborations, the working group of about a dozen community development professionals met seven times from June 2008 to February 2009 to review and discuss case studies of CDC collaborations.

The results of these discussions are summarized in their final report. Amongst other findings, the working group emphasized the need to “balance the interests of the collaboration with those of the organizational partners” and to have a shared vision, including a clear definition of the ideal outcomes. The report also identified obstacles to successful collaborations, such as failure to obtain complete organizational buy-in (from implementation-level staff to the executive director and board) for the collaboration and having different decision-making styles and processes.


To read both reports, including more details on the Forum’s progress and updates from each of the five Working Groups, see our Innovation Forum Documents page.

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