Working Together

Working Together

Throughout the country, nonprofits and public agencies have used Chrislip and Larson’s (1994) Working Together Survey published in their book, Collaborative Leadership. OMNI Institute played a role in the development of this survey by examining its validity and reliability, based on a large dataset of groups using the survey. Results of this work are published in the book, and OMNI is listed as a contact for additional information on its use. To support groups in collecting quality data from this Survey, OMNI developed a free Working Together Toolkit.

Original Working Together Survey
(Chrislip and Larson, 1994)

Coalitions and other collaborative groups have found this survey helpful in conducting assessments of the relative strengths and limitations of collaborative efforts. Specifically, the survey will help you assess five key dimensions of effective collaborations:

  • Context: To what extent is the group working on a critical issue?
  • Structure: To what extent does the group have effective norms, information, support and representative membership?
  • Membership: To what extent do group members effectively work together? Have a strong commitment to the group?
  • Process: To what extent does the group value member opinions and make effective decisions?
  • Results: To what extent has the group set specific, measurable goals and achieved them?
Working Together Toolkit

Many groups interested in implementing the Working Together Survey are new to using assessment tools. OMNI developed this free toolkit to support groups in collecting quality data from the survey. The toolkit includes guidelines for administration and a supplemental MS Excel spreadsheet for entering and scoring data from the survey.