Component B

External Collaboration and Coordination


External Collaboration and Coordination refers to established processes to collaborate and coordinate with agency partners and stakeholders on planning/visioning, target setting, programming, data sharing, and reporting. External collaboration allows agencies to leverage partner resources and capabilities, as well as increase understanding of how activities impact and are impacted by external factors. Read more…


Implementation Steps

External Collaboration and Coordination is broken down into two subcomponents:

  • Planning and Programming: Coordinating and collaborating with external agency partners to establish goals, objectives, performance measures, and targets and to program projects to achieve established performance targets.
  • Monitoring and Reporting: Coordinating and collaborating with external agency partners on performance monitoring and reporting.

Making the Connection

External Collaboration and Coordination (Component B) is an important element throughout TPM activities, as demonstrated by the names of the subcomponents. External Collaboration and Coordination should also be undertaken through Data Management (Component C) and Data Usability and Analysis (Component D) to identify opportunities for data and analysis sharing with partners.

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The External Collaboration and Coordination chapter contains three sections:

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What it Takes

Because performance results impact, and are impacted by, conditions such as economic growth and environmental health, coordination with partners will enable agencies to establish more accurate targets, better reflect regional priorities in planning documents, and more strategically program projects to achieve desired outcomes. By working with regional partners, limited staff time and resources can be maximized. Using the same measures to track progress enables data collected for that particular measure to be shared, reducing overall costs or enabling tracking of additional system elements.

External collaboration and coordination will be most successful if staff:

  • Provide leadership to reward collaboration and set expectations
  • Continually look for opportunities to collaborate

Activities highlighted in this component are a natural extension of those currently required and/or practiced. Build on existing collaboration to further leverage collaboration to improve results for multiple agencies with overall fewer resources