Maintaining Partnership: Best Practices

How does your collaboration measure up? Consider these issues:

Communication

  • Establishing a system of regular partner communication and visits
  • Maintaining ongoing institutional leadership contact and buy-in
  • Supporting a clear decision-making process and responsibilities

Management

  • Increasing an environment of collaboration and trust: getting to know your partner’s institution, culture, environment, and people
  • Identifying disagreements and difficulties and agreeing on a process for resolution
  • Identifying new projects, resources, and funding opportunities
  • Sharing strategies and timing for ending projects or affiliations when appropriate

Assessment

  • Reporting progress toward specific joint goals on a regular schedule
  • Identifying and tracking measures of mutual benefit, equity, capacity building, and community buy-in
  • Identifying and addressing shortfalls
  • Assessing satisfaction of all parties involved in the collaboration