Constructing Collaborative Success for Network Learning: The Story of the Discovery Community Self-Assessment Tool

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  • Despite conversations about the importance of community collaboration, foundations continue to struggle with how to best frame and support collaborative success.
  • Existing tools to assess collaboration may not fit with either a foundation’s values or a specific program strategy.
  • From a foundation perspective, developing a community self-assessment tool reinforced the idea that collaborative functioning is crucial and deserves attention.
  • This article shares a story of the development and initial use of the Discovery Community Self-Assessment Tool as a process of social construction critical to collective action and a possible indicator of network learning.


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