There is growing recognition that many sectors must be engaged to effectively prevent violence, but people don't always know what they bring to the table or how their sector can pitch in. This publication clarifies the roles and contributions of 10 sectors and 12 departments, and walks readers through Collaboration Multiplier, an influential Prevention Institute tool.

This guide can be used to maximize the benefits of collaboration and overcome barriers, whether a coalition is just starting out or is already strongly in place. Key features include:

  • Case examples of how various sectors are adding to efforts to prevent violence in UNITY cities and elsewhere
  • Talking points to persuade other sectors to get involved, as well as suggested actions for partners who want to do even more
  • An introduction to the public health approach to preventing violence, as an overarching framework for multi-sector work
  • Activities that lead readers through the steps of the Collaboration Multiplier tool. Readers can complete the activities by hand or on a computer, and save, print and share their work.

Developed with funding from The Kresge Foundation, Multi-Sector Partnerships for Preventing Violence reflects the best thinking of 40 practitioners in 14 large U.S. cities and counties, including many UNITY cities. The guide's companion document outlines the benefits and challenges of multi-sector collaboration, provides a brief overview of Collaboration Multiplier, and illustrates how the tool can help by using an example in Houston.