A report by GAO (U.S. Government Accountability Office) found seven categories in which key considerations for collaboration arose when trying to implement interagency collaborative mechanisms. These key factors can equally be considered by any organization willing to collaborate.1.- Outcomes and Accountability: Have short term and long term outcomes been clearly defined? Is there a way to track and monitor their progress? 2.- Bridging Organizational Cultures: What are the missions and organizational cultures of the participating parties? Have parties agreed on common terminology and definitions? 3.- Leadership: How will leadership be sustained over the long term? If leadership is shared, have roles and responsibilities been clearly identified and agreed upon. 4.- Clarity of Roles and Responsibilities: Have participating parties clarified roles and responsibilities? 5.- Participants: Have all relevant participants been included? Do they have the ability to commit resources? 6.- Resources: How will the collaborative mechanism be funded and staffed? Have online collaboration tools been developed? 7.- Written Guidance and Agreements: If appropriate, have parties documented their agreement regarding how they will be collaborating? Have they developed ways to continually update and monitor these agreements?