In December, NVI launched the tenth and final course in our collaboration with PsychArmor Institute. The “School for Communities Serving Veterans” is a portfolio of online courses that help veteran-serving leaders hone the skills needed to achieve impact at all stages of the “collaborative journey." NVI researched and developed these courses in collaboration with subject matter experts from places like like RAND and the Aspen Institute’s Collective Impact Forum (CIF), and incorporated perspectives from several experienced practitioners within our own Local Partner network. The school is energized by narration by a cast of experts, from former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff GEN (ret) Martin Dempsey, to our own Bob Woodruff, who represent a diversity of leadership experiences.
While the courses are designed to be of interest and value to a great range of stakeholders, here are some specific recommendations for collaborative leaders at differing stages of development:
Chances are, members of your collaborative are already aware of the strengths that veterans and their families bring to American communities. But not everyone understands veterans as a community asset, or what their role they can play as a stakeholder in veteran wellness.
The problems that necessitate a collaborative approach are complex by nature and require cross-sector systems change. Tackling issues at that level can prove overwhelming, and it can be tough to know where to start. These courses are perfect for a new or beginning collaborative:
Intermediate collaboratives are likely to be codifying internal systems and building efficiencies in their work together. Being intentional about creating a collaborative culture and making sure systems can survive turnover is important at this stage.
Mature collaboratives have worked out strategies for governance, data, and learning, and have built their capacity to collaborate. At this stage, understanding the cyclical nature of collaboration can help plan for sustainment.
Creating a free login account at PsychAmor.org takes less than a minute and gives you access to our entire school (as well as PsychArmor’s entire library of courses). We hope that you’ll share this resource with the veteran-serving leaders in your network.