A Case Example: MANY and PCADV

In 2005, the Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth and Family Services (MANY) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) partnered under a grant from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The project convened a forum of interested and knowledgeable constituents, including domestic violence and runaway and homeless youth advocates and practitioners from the Mid-Atlantic region.  The information below, details how this partnership utilized the Key Steps to Successful Collaboration:

Identify Common Purpose | Back to Top

Two primary goals were identified for the MANY/PCADV project:

  1. To collaboratively assess, plan and develop dating violence prevention efforts that address the unique needs of runaway and homeless youth; and
  2. To link RHY and DV/SA practitioners to develop joint models and strategies for working more effectively with RHY experiencing intimate partner/domestic violence.

These goals identified a common purpose. Participants in the collaboration came to the table based on an interest in addressing these goals. 

Examine Core Values | Back to Top

The following are values shared by both RHY and DV programs in this collaboration. These powerful connections made it possible to build strong, concrete action plans.

Create a Shared Vision Statement | Back to Top

Shared values provide the foundation on which to build the collaboration.  The vision statement used for this collaboration read:

The Collaborative respects diversity and values belief-driven work to create community social change. At the heart of our work is our commitment to youth-centered empowerment, building trusting relationships, and emphasizing safety as a priority for the populations we serve.

Explore Shared History | Back to Top

As the respective timelines of each movement began to materialize, it became clear that there is a compelling, shared history and that our challenges intersect.  The collaboration and group cohesiveness grew further as it became clear that DV and RHY services were developed on “parallel tracks”, influenced by many of the same events in very similar timeframes.

Understand Current Realities | Back to Top

The primary source of information to guide collaboration is a survey of the field (details and the Executive Summary are listed below).  Information learned provides a clear vision for action.  Some of the questions explored through this collaborative include:

Develop an Action Plan and Timetable | Back to Top

Below are some examples of goals that groups worked to address:

Develop a Learning Community: Care and feeding of Collaboration | Back to Top

After review and discussion of other adult learning models, MANY and PCADV decided to use the Learning Community model because it provides the context for people to share knowledge, expand their learning, develop strategic alliances, and form new ideas and practices.  Within the context of a Learning Community, everyone has something to learn and something to teach. Here are some of the ways that this collaboration created Learning Communities:

Establish Consistency | Back to Top

During the initial meetings, MANY and PCADV discussed how to establish a consistent structure, ongoing participation, and gave consideration to staff schedules to increase group participation.

Case Scenarios from the MANY and PCADV
Collaboration: | Back to Top

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