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Interagency Groups

More and more state agencies are using interagency work groups to accomplish work that they cannot do alone. Usually each agency has a share of responsibility for meeting a population's needs, and the various agencies need to coordinate their efforts on behalf of their common population. Sometimes interagency groups include stakeholders, who add diverse perspectives and knowledge to the work.

Interagency work groups sometimes span levels of government, including state and local staff who hold different responsibilities in the same area of service, such as public health, environmental quality, or education.

Keys to success

Interagency groups are supposed to produce results that individual agencies cannot accomplish alone. Certain conditions can make or break their chances for success. Interagency groups must:

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