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This booklet discusses the collective power of collaboration among the three agencies that compose the Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and the National Senior Service Corps) and introduces the reader to a process of collaboration intended to strengthen existing services and to create new and higher-quality service programs. The process described includes orating, networking, coordination, cooperation, and collaboration. Motivating factors covered include the need to maximize the use of resources and the need to work together in order to integrate system strengths, while barriers to the process include turf problems, lack of incentives, and the possibility of increased workloads. The section describing the PERC (Planning Effectively for Resource Collaboration) method of implementing collaboration covers assessment of needs, analysis of assets and priorities, fission (examining all the 'parts' needed), and fusion (pulling it all together). The booklet also shares a "converging streams" success story and provides suggestions for next steps and a list of eight resource organizations. (KC)

Descriptors: Adults, Agency Cooperation, Agency Role, Community Coordination, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Guidelines, Institutional Cooperation, Integrated Services, Nonprofit Organizations, Participative Decision Making, Public Agencies, Service Learning, Shared Resources and Services, Social Agencies

National Dropout Prevention Center, College of Health, Education, and Human Development, Clemson University, 209 Martin Street, Clemson, SC 29631-1555, Tel: 864-656-2599, E-mail: ndpc[at], Web site: ($6).

Author: Drew, Sam F., Jr.


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