Having ground rules and regulations for the collaborative process ensures transparency and common understanding about the conduct and involvement expected from participants. However, it is sometimes important to have a governance structure that enables progressiveand quick decision making.
In some instances, the process may be housed within the decision-making structures of a public body, in others legal entities are founded with specific aims, and in some cases, informal arrangements are appropriate.
Ideally, participants should arrive at conclusions about how they will collectively make decisions, so that nobody feels aggrieved by the process. Consider a mechanism that enables participants to express their views when they do not align with the general group.