Collaboration, as an interactive process, enables professionals across projects and communities to generate and carry out creative solutions and strategies that maximize benefit beyond what one project or community could accomplish. By creating collaborations among organizations committed to engaging underrepresented girls in STEM, we can improve opportunities by leveraging resources and expertise, sharing effective strategies, and filling gaps without duplicating services.
These practices for collaboration include strategies, curricula, and resources that have research and/or evaluation data to support their effectiveness. The exemplary practices help build the capacity of girl-serving organizations, education, and industry to create effective collaborations.
Best Practices in Creating Successful Collaborations
This document outlines fifteen steps for creating successful collaborations and lists research references related to collaboration.
Collaboration as a Means to Building Capacity: Results and Future Directions of the National Girls Collaborative Project
This NGCP article, published in The Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, explores the role of collaboration in the project, outcomes and future directions.
Partnerships for Learning: Community Support for Youth Success
This report, published by the Harvard Family Research Project, draws on the experiences of national organizations and a set of community schools that have built partnerships for learning, and examines seven key elements found to be essential in building them.
When it comes to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of girl-serving STEM programs, high levels of collaboration are key.