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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 operations Skilled leadership Engaged partners
Shared vision and purpose Appropriate time to devote to partnership Share commitment to the project and vision
Clear and attainable goals and objectives Knowledgeable about content area See partnership as being in their self interest
Plan effectively and efficiently Flexible in accepting different viewpoints Share a stake in both process and outcome
Strong leadership and co- ordination Promote equity and collaboration among members Have clear roles and responsibilities
Administrative structures, governance, membership and decision-making processes Competent in negotiating, solving problems and resolving conflicts Efficient use of skills, interests and resources
Mechanisms to solve problems and resolve conflicts Open and effective communications and meetings Actively involved in planning, implementation and evaluation activities
Adept in garnering resources and allocating them fairly Value members’ input and recognize their contributions Assume lead responsibility for tasks and share workload
Commitment to evaluate processes and outcomes of project for continuous learning Develop trust and inter- personal connections
Document accomplishments and celebrate milestones Communicate 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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