Assessment of Collaboration for Incident Response
February 4, 2008
A collaborative project among APHIS,
NASDA and other key State organizations
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Strategic alliances are an important way to achieve mutual goals and for organizations to gain benefits that could
not be realized by individual efforts. Despite successful outcomes resulting from the long-standing alliance
between APHIS and States related to incident preparedness and response, the strength of the alliances and
especially the collaboration to support them have recently been called into question. This assessment of
collaboration for incident response preparedness was itself a collaborative effort involving APHIS, NASDA and
other members of the APHIS/State strategic alliance.
Data from surveys, interviews and listening sessions yielded four findings:
• People have different ideas and language about collaboration which affect the effectiveness of
communication, activities, and the results of the collaboration.
• State and APHIS collaboration is imperative for incident response preparedness but neither APHIS nor
State expectations about the needed levels of collaboration are being fully met.
• Within APHIS and within State organizations, strong internal collaboration is needed to guide and support
successful strategic alliances.
• States and APHIS collaborate effectively, particularly where there are stro