How We Form Partnerships

Community

Partnership opportunities change depending on the problem that is being dealt with.

Partners in any situation should all focus on what they can do individually and together to solve problems and improve conditions. Whatever the partnership's level of skill and experience, the many assets that partnerships bring together can produce the needed results.

To get started:

Identify the Problem

Action should start with the problem. For example, theft from cars or graffiti in your area.

Identify Goals

Based on the needs and concerns identified by the community , partners can identify both short-term and long-term goals.

Agree on a plan to address the problem

Information from many areas can be helpful in identifying ways that different partners can tackle problems. What others in the community have done about similar problems, what people in other places have done and what resources are available?

Make sure you have participation

In most cases, greater resident involvement will contribute to success. Who do you need to bring into the partnership? Example: residents, police, businesses, schools.

Leadership

Effective leadership is critical for a group to work together successfully. Ensure that group leaders are going to work well within the group and make sure that others are trained to take over if need be. All participants should know what their roles are and how they fit into the total effort.

Evaluating results

Evaluation provides important information to help in deciding whether to change course, expand the project, or discontinue it altogether. Evaluation also helps sell the project to the rest of the community and to others with similar problems.