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Elements of an effective partnership

To identify, build and maintain an effective, sustainable and impactful partnership, the following elements are needed:

Adequate resources (funds, staff, materials and time) to invest in the relationship

Effective operations to develop and manage collaborative projects or programs as well as maintain partner engagement

Skilled leadership to guide partnership and project activities

Engaged partners including students who also have the skills, resources, and commitment to support the project and partnership

Effective partnership checklist

Effective operationsSkilled leadershipEngaged partners
Shared vision and purposeAppropriate time to devote to partnershipShare commitment to the project and vision
Clear and attainable goals and objectivesKnowledgeable about content areaSee partnership as being in their self interest
Plan effectively and efficientlyFlexible in accepting different viewpointsShare a stake in both process and outcome
Strong leadership and co- ordinationPromote equity and collaboration among membersHave clear roles and responsibilities
Administrative structures, governance, membership and decision-making processesCompetent in negotiating, solving problems and resolving conflictsEfficient use of skills, interests and resources
Mechanisms to solve problems and resolve conflictsOpen and effective communications and meetingsActively involved in planning, implementation and evaluation activities
Adept in garnering resources and allocating them fairlyValue members’ input and recognize their contributionsAssume lead responsibility for tasks and share workload
Commitment to evaluate processes and outcomes of project for continuous learningDevelop trust and inter- personal connections
Document accomplishments and celebrate milestonesCommunicate well with each other
Accept and acknowledge conflict will occur from time to time
Flexible and open to different approaches to how decisions are made or work is done
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