Resources and Tools

Minnesota Compass

Minnesota Compass tracks and analyzes trends in topics that affect our quality of life. Compass gives everyone in our state a common foundation to identify, understand, and act on issues that affect our communities. Get the latest data and trends on education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and more. Visit Minnesota Compass

Collaboration Factors Inventory

A free tool to assess how your collaboration is doing on 22 research-tested success factors.

​The inventory takes about fifteen minutes to complete. It can be distributed to a small group of leaders in your collaborative, during a general meeting, or via mail to all members. You can tally your score manually or online. Permission to use the inventory is granted for private, non-commercial, and education purposes only. All use requires an acknowledgement of the source and author of the work. No resale use may be made of the inventory without written permission.

  • Order the book, Collaboration: What Makes it Work, A Review of Research Literature on Factors Influencing Successful Collaboration (3rd ed.), for an in-depth review of collaboration research and to learn more about the inventory.
  • See additional resources for collaboration in the online companion to the third edition of the book.
  • View the inventory, a 44-item list of collaboration factors
  • A RAND study reports reliability data for the instrument

Metrics for Healthy Communities

Designed with cross-sector collaboration in mind, Metrics for Healthy Communities is a site to get you started in planning for and measuring the impact of initiatives funded and developed to improve community health and well-being. 

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Evaluation Tips


Free evaluation resources and tools for professionals working to promote health and well-being through prevention efforts.

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Family and Community Engagement Tools

Use these tools to assess the current level of child development, program quality, and family and community engagement from the perspective of family and community knowledge systems.

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