I had a chat with my chiropractor about how he measures improvement in his patients’ condition and he had an intriguing answer.
He said he asks his patients what physical functions they can do that they couldn’t do before treatment. For example, a patient that couldn’t pick-up their child because of pain before their treatment started, could, after 3 treatments, pick-up their child and hold them for 15 minutes before they felt pain.
This is a good way of looking at the measurement of collaboration, IF you know what functions to look for… It’s hard to see functions or dysfunctions for that matter that impact collaboration unless a standard is brought forward.
A standard function to help measure collaboration could be to measure the number of requests for help and offers for help among members of a team.