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Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work
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  • 1. Partners for Community Solutions Community Building Blocks: Making Partnerships Work A Discussion with YouthBuild Grantees Facilitated by: Richard A. Lewis
  • 2. <ul><li>The primary purposes of this workshop are: </li></ul><ul><li>To help participants understand the why and how of building successful partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>To explain to participants how to construct effective partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>To discuss the following </li></ul><ul><ul><li>when partnerships are appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>who are the most appropriate community partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what structures and mechanisms are most effective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how results can be measured and credit shared. </li></ul></ul>Purpose
  • 3. Objectives <ul><li>The objectives of this workshop include providing practical guidance on: </li></ul><ul><li>Laying the foundation for successful partnership development </li></ul><ul><li>Types of partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Stages of partnership development </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive partnership communications </li></ul><ul><li>Partnering with businesses to accomplish program goals </li></ul>
  • 4. Purpose of YouthBuild <ul><li>Consistent with the purpose of YouthBuild, the purposes of YouthBuild partnerships are: </li></ul><ul><li>To assist disadvantaged young adults in distressed communities in completing their high school education. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide on-site construction training experiences, which also result in the rehabilitation or construction of housing for homeless persons and low and very low-income families. </li></ul><ul><li>To foster leadership skills, to further opportunities for placement in apprenticeship programs. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote economic self-sufficiency. </li></ul>
  • 5. What is a Partnership? <ul><li>A formal relationship usually involving close cooperation between parties having specified joint rights and responsibilities , and mutual benefit . </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships solve common community problems . </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships build social capital . </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships construct collective efficacy. </li></ul>
  • 6. Range of Partnerships <ul><li>The following illustrates a continuum of intensity in the range of possible partnering relationships. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Informal ------------------------------- Formal </li></ul><ul><li>Extent Of Contact Intermittent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frequent </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose Limited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comprehensive </li></ul><ul><li>Time Frame Short-term . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Long-term </li></ul><ul><li>Agreement Verbal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Written </li></ul><ul><li>Planning Designed By One Party . . . . . . . . . . Collaborative Design </li></ul>
  • 7. The Seven Cs of Partnering <ul><li>Connection with purpose and people </li></ul><ul><li>Clarity of purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Congruency of mission, strategy, and values </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of values </li></ul><ul><li>Communication between partners </li></ul><ul><li>Continual learning </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to the partnership </li></ul>
  • 8. Benefits, Challenges, and Risks Exercise <ul><li>Work as a team to brainstorm and record the benefits, challenges, and risks of partnerships for your assigned sector of the community. </li></ul><ul><ul><li> Benefits  Challenges  Risks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After completing the lists, discuss how you might use this information to develop partnerships for your YouthBuild programs. </li></ul><ul><li>You will have 15 minutes to complete the exercise. </li></ul><ul><li>Select a spokesperson to report your team's responses to the other participants. </li></ul>
  • 9. Benefits <ul><li>Funding and in-kind contributions from partners </li></ul><ul><li>Technical expertise such as financial, legal, and program expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Job creation and employment opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Access to corporate networks and target groups </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual capital </li></ul><ul><li>Program ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and leveraging power </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to effect change in local, regional, and national policy </li></ul>
  • 10. Challenges <ul><li>Transaction costs </li></ul><ul><li>Turf issues </li></ul><ul><li>Intolerance or lack of information about the values and goals of other partners </li></ul><ul><li>One or more of the partners is weak </li></ul><ul><li>A history of conflict among potential partners </li></ul><ul><li>The environment is not conducive to partnering </li></ul>
  • 11. Risks <ul><li>Blurring of roles among partner organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of an additional set of societal “checks and balances” </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting of public responsibility to the shoulders of the non-profit community </li></ul><ul><li>High transaction costs as sectors learn to work together </li></ul><ul><li>Public entities subsidize private investment </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit partner “pulls its punches” for fear of offending their partners </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit partner becomes overly dependent on private sector partners </li></ul>
  • 12. Stages of Partnership Development <ul><li>Assessing Readiness: Coming of Age </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and Market Research: Dating </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion/Solicitation: Proposal and Acceptance </li></ul><ul><li>Planning and Commitment: Engagement and Wedding </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation: Honeymoon </li></ul><ul><li>True Partnership: The Marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Reassessment: Completion, Divorce, Renewing Vows </li></ul>
  • 13. <ul><li>Question : Are you ready to partner? </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Outcome : Decision to partner </li></ul><ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct organizational assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct a context assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define partnering expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess partnering skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish a clear direction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and aspects of strategic planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-assessment </li></ul></ul>STAGE 1. Assessing Partnering Readiness ( Coming of Age)
  • 14. STAGE 2. Networking & Market Research (Dating) <ul><li>Question : Are we compatible? </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Outcome : Target partner(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research/Network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct analysis of perspective partners </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Explore/share needs and resources; mutual ground/goals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Critical Skills: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication/Networking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research and analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Self-assessment </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 15. STAGE 3. Promotional and Solicitation (Proposal and Acceptance) <ul><li>Question : Do we want to work together? </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Outcome : Agreement to work together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consider possible matches </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assess and analyze the match (criteria) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Determine mutual goals, common ground, shared vision </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify complementary resources, skills, and partner benefit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make the &quot;pitch” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Secure agreement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment and analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Decision making/Communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sales and marketing (promotion) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 16. STAGE 4. Planning and Commitment (Engagement & Wedding) <ul><li>Question : Will we commit to working together? </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Outcome : Develop and commit to a Partnership Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop an agreement (the vows) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Formalize the agreement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make public announcement or hold ceremony </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and Organization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Decision Making </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiating </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Task Analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Promotion </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 17. STAGE 5. Implementation (The Honeymoon) <ul><li>Question : How do we get off to a good start? </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Outcome : Learning and action </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Build trust and rapport </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate and involve stakeholders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Honor and bridge differences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate and differentiate functions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a communication mechanism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Test effectiveness of plan, roles, and responsibilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manage pragmatic issues of working together </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Task analysis/Leveraging differences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Managing and transforming conflict </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication/Organizational development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team building/Assessment </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 18. <ul><li>Question: How can we work most effectively? </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Outcome: Mutual and individual benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain regular communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appreciate and recognize the partner(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete tasks and honor commitments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor climate and agreement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay engaged and involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate progress </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision Making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conflict transformation/Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation and planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-assessment </li></ul></ul>STAGE 6. True Partnership (The Marriage)
  • 19. STAGE 7. Reassessment (Completion, Divorce, Renewing Vows) <ul><li>Decision : What do we do next? </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Outcome : Continuing or Transforming the Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment: self, partner, and partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess needs that might dictate additional partnership efforts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiation and Decision Making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-assessment </li></ul></ul>
  • 20. Differences and Similarities Across the Sectors Government Business Nonprofit

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