Field Guide » Written Component

“Power of the individual—individual matters. Our histories, past and experiences matter. If we begin from that perspective, then the Japanese American experience becomes more clear.”
Cindy Stout, Colorado
National Institute for Educators
July 18–21, 2007

Using the experience gained through previous collaborations and during the course of this project, which created curricular materials in five states and produced a national conference, the project team kept notes about the journey and the documents used to incorporate into a Field Guide to Collaboration.

The project team has distilled four years of meeting notes, emails, electronic documents and discussions into the six major sections. Each section contains checklists and sample documents created for the various project components at different stages of the project. It is important to note that all documents generated for this project are not included in the Field Guide to Collaboration; however, the documents that have been selected remain largely unedited and demonstrate the range of strategies employed in order to complete the project.

Download the entire Field Guide to Collaboration (3.1 MB)

  • Overview of the National Museum, Enduring Communities Project, and Field Guide (390 KB)
  • #1 Internal Planning Preceding the Collaboration (780 KB)
    Limited project resources mean that, as much as possible, time should be set aside for careful planning. To facilitate the internal planning, this section contains ten sample documents, including a budget, timeline and marketing plan.
  • #2 Establishment of Project Partners (508 KB)
    Partners should work together to establish a shared vision, and then continue to refine it throughout the course of the project. This section’s sample documents include a framework for collaboration and a sample institutional agreement.
  • #3 Empowering Project Partners (1 MB)
    Partners can help ensure that the project goals are reached on time and within budget. A sample project advisory structure and a program for a community outreach event are included in this section.
  • #4 Managing Expectations (395 KB)
    Expectations can be realistic if the partners remain committed to the project vision and goals while being flexible and in communication with each other. Sample documents included in this section relate to outreach training and volunteering.
  • #5 Checking the Pulse (486 KB)
    Formal and informal feedback provide partners and stakeholders a voice, so the importance of seeking and listening to this feedback cannot be emphasized enough. Included in this section are sample survey tools used to formally seek teacher feedback.
  • #6 Conclusion of the Collaboration (426 KB)
    As the project draws to a close, debrief, reflect, celebrate, and begin planning the next one. A sample agenda for final convening is included in this section.
  • Additional Resources

    Selected Bibliography (331 KB)

    Acknowledgements (383 KB)

    Media Components