Analyzing Internal and External Partnerships

Collaboration is essential to ensuring the effectiveness and sustainability of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) planning process. By sharing resources and benefiting from the unique knowledge and experience that different stakeholders bring, you can strengthen your prevention activities, work more effectively across multiple contexts, and achieve better outcomes. Learn more about applying the SPF.

Capacity for implementation depends on building successful coalitions with agencies and individuals working in other domains or on related issues. The following chart will help you to assess potential collaborators and explore opportunities for building these relationships. Once you complete the chart, you should be able to answer the following questions:

  • Who are you currently collaborating with, both internally and externally?
  • Which of these would you describe as your strongest collaborator? Why?
  • Where are there gaps in your internal and external collaboration?
  • Which sub-populations have you successfully collaborated with and which sub-populations would you like to build stronger relationships with?
  • What are your biggest challenges in developing effective collaborative relationships?

Collaboration Analysis Chart

Partners I. Internal Partnerships II. External Partnerships III. Strength, Scale of 1-5
(5 = Strong)
IV. Gaps
Youth Services        
Private Industry        
Primary Care        
Mental Health Providers        
Substance Misuse
Treatment Agencies
Neighborhood Groups/
Social Services        
Law Enforcement        
Senior Citizens        
Faith Community        
Recovery Community        
Last Updated: 09/24/2015