Designated as a Local Management Board, the Collaboration Council’s purpose is to be a local catalyst and nonpartisan broker of public and private dollars where agencies and other groups collaborate and invest to achieve positive results in the community.

Key Drivers

Convening Partners

  • Engage leaders and convene key stakeholders
  • Create strategic alliances with a common agenda
  • Form public-private partnerships, coalitions, and focus groups

Assessment & Planning

  • Identify gaps in services
  • Assess community needs
  • Discover opportunities to maximize resources for the greatest impact

Implementing Solutions

  • Identify shared goals and common outcomes
  • Coordinate community-wide solutions and integrate services
  • Maximize funding
  • Provide contract oversight and ensure program fidelity

Evaluating Investments

  • Track the availability and quality of programs
  • Evaluate the collective impact of the system of services and supports
  • Monitor program performance

Sharing Knowledge

  • Connect professionals and share knowledge
  • Offer professional development
  • Deliver technical assistance

 Our Values

The Collaboration Council values active and authentic youth engagement, the contribution of strong families to the well-being of children, and the importance of ensuring all people have equitable opportunities to achieve success, regardless of their individual identities or social group memberships. The Collaboration Council’s current agenda is to promote access to care, ensure all youth have a successful transition to adulthood, and build equitable opportunities for all children and youth to thrive.

Integrity Framework:
Areas of Focus & Community Outcomes

The Collaboration Council has adopted an Integrity Framework around the following three areas of focus:

Affirmation & Agency


  • People feel a sense of and genuinely have power/agency over their lives (AA1)
  • People can meet their basic needs (shelter, food, environment, health, education, play, work) and experience lives in which the social determinants of health are being met (AA2)
  • People feel and experience affirmation of their full humanity (AA3)

Interdependence, Connection & Belonging


  • Individuals feel they are part of a culture that brings together people and ‘systems’ that help everyone connect and thrive in relationship to each other and the environment (ICB1)
  • People feel a sense of connection and belonging to family, place, and the broader community of Montgomery County (ICB2)
  • People appreciate the need for and the benefit of being in partnership with others in order to achieve beneficial community outcomes (interdependence emphasis) (ICB3)

Community Aligned Systems


  • Organizations/Governments are engaging with and responsive to the people and entities most affected by their work and decision making (CAS1)
  • The people designing, implementing, upholding systems (programs) are knowledgeable of, have experience with, are guided by, and accountable to beneficial community outcomes (CAS2)
  • People (both within and outside) are influencing systems for the benefit of the community (CAS3)
  • Community Capacities (systems, structures, policies, and processes) are responsive, accountable, and adaptive in order to coordinate the best use of resources and assets for full community benefit (CAS4)

To learn about the Guiding Perspectives and Behavioral Commitments that support these Areas of Focus, download the Integrity Framework.