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May 2012Vol. 13 No. 4Multi-Agency Collaboration and Data Collection

The growing trend for using community-based collaborations for social services delivery has led to an increased focus on performance management to ensure effective service delivery. Moreover, these collaborations are increasingly expected to collect and use appropriate data in their performance management efforts.

A new publication from Public/Private Ventures, Using Data in Multi-Agency Collaborations: Guiding Performance to Ensure Accountability and Improve Programs, provides practical advice about collecting and using data in a multi-agency environment. In the report, authors Karen E. Walker, Chelsea Farley, and Meridith Polin explore the challenges community collaborations face when adopting centralized data systems. They utilize their extensive experience evaluating and managing collaborative initiatives to provide a step-by-step guide to launching a multi-agency data system, making that system work by ensuring that partners collect accurate and complete information, analyzing and acting on data to strengthen programming, and sustaining the data collection system over time.

This report was written in collaboration with Child Trends and was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is available on Public/Private Ventures' website: