Partnership spectrum

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  • PURPOSE what are you hoping to achieve? who proposed the idea? (vested interest) does it fit with mission, vision, values, strategy etc? will it add value / bring benefits? FORM FOLLOW FUNCTION Driven by what you’re trying to do / activity (see next slide) Who to lead? REALISTIC? Often partnerships are too ambitious / too much of a rush to deliver Are verbal commitments above and beyond what is possible? INVOLVE RIGHT PEOPLE Right skills / qualities Trust / relationships Similar culture / size / experience? (culture clash is most common barrier) WRITING Particularly re. Roles, responsibilities, reporting, conflict resolution etc And money! How formal (letter, MOU, SLA etc…) The spirit of partnership is not a substitute for accountability Don’t overcomplicate
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  • Partnership spectrum

    1. 1. PARTNERS
    2. 2. Partnership: key questions <ul><li>What is the purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>What form should it take? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the shared aims realistic? </li></ul><ul><li>Who should be involved? </li></ul><ul><li>How formal should it be? </li></ul><ul><li>(Consortia? Sub-contracts?) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Partnership continuum cooperation coordination merger collaboration Types of activity more less complexity and intensity Sharing info for mutual benefit Referrals Informal support Separate goals, resources, structures
    4. 4. Partnership continuum cooperation coordination merger collaboration Types of activity more less complexity and intensity Sharing info for mutual benefit Referrals Informal support Separate goals, resources, structures Event / short-term project Some planning/ division of roles Some shared resources, risks & reward Individual identities maintained
    5. 5. Partnership continuum cooperation coordination merger collaboration Types of activity more less complexity and intensity Sharing info for mutual benefit Referrals Informal support Separate goals, resources, structures Event / short-term project Some planning/ division of roles Some shared resources, risks & reward Individual identities maintained New structure with common goals All partners contribute resources + gain rewards Longer commitment + durable partnerships
    6. 6. Partnership continuum cooperation coordination merger collaboration Types of activity more less complexity and intensity Sharing info for mutual benefit Referrals Informal support Separate goals, resources, structures Event / short-term project Some planning/ division of roles Some shared resources, risks & reward Individual identities maintained New structure with common goals All partners contribute resources + gain rewards Longer commitment + durable partnerships Most complex Complete integration Most difficult to achieve Least common Multiple variables
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