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  • 1. Partnerships An Essential Component

2. A Definition?

  • A relationship where two or more parties having compatible goals form an agreement to share the work and knowledge , share the risk, share the accountability, and share the results or proceeds.

3. Why Partnerships?

  • Excellent channel of networking and promotion
  • Resource of attracting additional assets
  • Potential source of further funding
  • Impending method of developing newpromotional strategies
  • Complement for program service delivery
      • Flexibility in the concept of eligibility criteria
      • Feasible method ofrecruitment

4. Why a Partnership and Not Something Else?

    • Sparked by a catalyst (opportunity,need, client request), the partnership is:
    • More then a sum of people working together
    • Effective and practical approach to solving problems
    • Empowering for people and systems to change for the better
    • Involves collective work for better solutions

5. The Most Significant Reason for Partnering

  • To serve the client
  • Provide a full suit of services
  • Advocacy toward decision makers (funders)
  • Balance of services

6. Factors for Success

  • Power- individual and collective power based on strengths, wisdom, and ability
  • History-
  • Resources- time, expertise and funds are not automatically included
  • Competition
  • Leadership
  • Perceptions-clear communication and inclusion
  • Onward to skill development

7. The Advantages of Working in Partnership

    • Power of joint investment of resources
    • Creative solutions emerged from differing perspectives
    • Access to information and peoplesources
  • Effective and practical support
  • Accountability (single entity with joint responsibilities)

8. Types of Partnership

  • Consultative/Advisory ( receive public input around changes; gather information for future policies (LIP founding)
  • Contributory ( to benefit of work from the community)
  • Operational(the partners retain control but the others can influence decision making)
  • Collaborative ( share resources, risk, and decision making; most common for community)

9. Developing Effective Partnerships

  • Each partnership is unique
  • All resemble a basic formula that includes:
    • Knowing what we want to do
    • Deciding who will do it
    • Making a plan to do it
    • Evaluating as we all go along

10. 1. Vision Ten Stepping Stones to Effective Partnering

  • A common picture for the future
    • Involve as many people as possible
    • Be as inclusive as possible
    • There is no right or wrong in visioning
    • Use a variety of methods to capture peoples thoughts
    • Combine the ideas in one clear picture and find a way to describe it in one or two lines

11. 2.Goals Ten Stepping Stones to Effective Partnering

  • Clear and easy defined to understand statement of outcomes
  • Measurable accomplishments that can be evaluated
    • Find a common definition of the issues, problems, opportunities and outcomes
    • Dont have to many goals
    • Measurable and realistic given time and resources
    • Discuss what means successful

12. 3. Membership Ten Stepping Stones to Effective Partnering

  • A cross section of people including stakeholders that need to work together, think and plan together, and share the outcomes
  • Should include clients and/or former clients
  • The key factor for success is group interaction

13. 4. Commitment Ten Stepping Stones to Effective Partnering

  • Reaching an agreement to work jointly
    • Formalizes the participation
    • Affirms that everyone is ready to move ahead with the goals as outlined
    • Write down the agreement; it represents the basis for a formal partnership

14. 5. Action Plan Ten Stepping Stones to Effective Partnering

  • Identify the detailed steps that are needed to reach the goals
    • Assess the current situation (S.W.O.T. Analysis)
        • Strengths
        • Weaknesses
        • Opportunities
        • Treats
    • Break down the goals in manageable pieces

15. 6. Roles and Responsibilities Ten Stepping Stones to Effective Partnering

  • The structure and the process-who will do what and the overall operation of the partnership
    • Set the ground rules
    • Establish group norms
    • Share decision-making, responsibilities and resources

16. 7. CommunicationTen Stepping Stones to Effective Partnering

  • Information sharing for the group, general public, and special interest
    • Within the group
    • From partnership group to community
    • From community to partnership
  • Should be clear, concise, timely, and relevant
  • Assign representatives for outside messaging

17. Communication continuous

  • Strategic communication requires:
    • Day-to-day information
    • Overview information for others (brochure, handouts)
    • Specific information for media of funding resources (media release)
    • Very focused information for support and lobbying purposes
    • Information for the public and community at large

18. 8. Resources Ten Stepping Stones to Effective Partnering

  • They take different shapes and meanings
  • Build a plan to include:
    • Physical
    • Financial
    • Human resources
  • Dont assume that the other partner will bring them, write it down in the agreement!

19. 9. EvaluationTen Stepping Stones to Effective Partnering

  • Measuring progress of success involves:
    • Build evaluation criteria right into the goal
    • Measure and modify as you go along
    • Include measures for partnership progress along with outcome measurement
    • Stopto solve the identified problems
    • Use customized outcome measurements

20. 10. Revision and Closure Ten Stepping Stones to Effective Partnering

  • Re-adjustments, fine tuning, assessing and making changes; closure of the partnership
  • Review the partnership impact
  • The need for a marked end is essential to create a sense of satisfaction
  • Capture the history of the partnership

21. Skills Needed for Partnering

  • Partnership Management
  • Negotiation Skill
  • Planning Skill
  • Evaluation Skill
  • Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
  • Time Management
  • Financial Management
  • Stress Management

22. Hands on Partnerships


23. Meaningful Partnerships

  • Public Health
  • Employers
  • Other SPOs for System change purpose
  • Local Government

24. Terminate the Partnership

  • Pros
  • Cons

25. Dealing with Difficult Partners