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Collaboration Success Program

By Community. For Community.

Get going on your identity and access solutions

Discover how your IAM systems measure up, how the InCommon Trusted Access Platform could help, and where to start. Let’s go!

The InCommon Collaboration Success Program (CSP) provides an opportunity for higher education and research organizations to discover, prototype and plan identity and access management services using the InCommon Trusted Access Platform and related services like the InCommon Federation.

Get just-in-time help from just-the-right person, whether it’s a developer, community implementer, or subject matter expert.

One CSP participant writes: “I appreciate access to the collective intelligence and experience of the community. You can’t buy that from a vendor.”

Key Program Benefits

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Get answers

Get just-in-time help from just-the-right person – whether it’s a developer, community implementer, or subject matter expert.

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Discover and learn

Get the basics and then choose the right mix of training workshops for you and your team.

Prototype, plan and get started

Plan your model and then model your plan. Be on your way with help from program staff to keep you moving.

Program Summary

The Collaboration Success Program (CSP) is designed to help higher education or research organizations explore using InCommon’s Trusted Access Platform to help reach their identity and access management (IAM) goals.

Maybe you’re just starting out and want to understand how your organization’s deployment compares to others. Where should you be going? How do you get the knowledge to get there? 

Maybe you’re an expert in Grouper or wonder why InCommon provides training on deep-sea fishing (we don’t). Maybe you want to upgrade or replace your home-grown system. You’re almost ready to move forward but could use some in-depth training and a chat or two with community experts to fine-tune your plans. You want to be sure.

Regardless of your place in the journey, the CSP can help.

The CSP is designed to be modular so that you can pick and choose the right tools to support your training and planning efforts, ensuring that you’ll hit the ground running when it’s time to start implementing. Jump in where it’s right for you.

2020 – 2021 Roadmap

Program Highlights

The CSP provides a cost-effective solution to getting help getting started or retooling your IAM solution and includes these benefits:

What’s Included?

Phase 1: Discovery

During the Discovery Phase, you can:

  • Complete an IAM self-assessment and receive tailored recommendations for your roadmap 
  • Join the CSP slack channels to collaborate with program staff, other participants, alumni, software developers, and community implementers
  • Attend a half-day virtual kickoff meeting on September 23rd, 2020 to share your organization’s goals and meet the experts
  • Access project planning templates and advice from InCommon staff and program alumni 
  • Access self-paced introductory BaseCAMP content
  • Leverage an expansive training experience, including:
    • 8 workshop registrations good at any of the InCommon Academy training classes
    • Component overviews with Q/A opportunities
    • Perusing the BaseCAMP 2020 online content to provide an introduction to Identity and Access Management, the InCommon community, the Trusted Access Platform software and federation
  • Join in exclusive bi-weekly CSP labs. Sample topics include a DevOps overview, container deployment and operational strategies, and demonstrations of InCommon solutions from our program alumni


You’ll leave the Discovery Phase with a better idea of next steps, how others are using the Trusted Access Platform and in-depth knowledge of your chosen software components.

Phase 2: Prototype and Plan

During the Prototype and Plan Phase, you can: 

  • Join us for a 2-day workshop to review your discovery process and prototype your ideas
  • Continue to learn about the Trusted Access Platform components
    • Prototype your plan for the Trusted Access Platform components through a sandbox model (and build your own!) 
    • Use the balance of your 8 training credits
  • Attend regularly scheduled open office hours with developers and InCommon faculty for each of the software components
  • Access dedicated Slack channels with developers and experts to answer your questions
  • Work with program staff to make connections with other organizations engaged in projects like yours
  • Ready to start implementing? Go for it!


You’ll leave the Prototype and Planning phase with hands-on insight about how the components fit together and a working model of the Trusted Access Platform portion of your plan.

Application process and program fees

Are you ready to join us? It’s a painless process.

  1. Complete this brief questionnaire to share your interests
  2. Meet with us to learn more about the program
  3. If it’s right for you, register for the program using the link we will send to you. 

The $25,000 subscription fee for the program covers all of the activities that are outlined in the Program Benefits. Fees must be paid prior to participating in any activity except for the first workshop. Additional fees may be incurred for training workshops in excess of 8 registrations per participating organization.

Explore. Learn. Join.

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Class of 2021

The class of 2021 kicks off October 23, 2020.