While there are many nationally recognized benefits and advantages to partnership development, the answer to why one seeks to establish partnerships is relatively simple. There is added value in working with other organizations including the sharing of staff and financial resources. Partnership development is nor a new concept. Communities, organizations and individuals have been working together in partnerships to improve the quality of life at the grassroots level for a number of years. There are a number of multi-agency "stakeholder" partnerships both locally and nationally that manage and deliver a wide range of community development programs, as well as service development and strategic planning. However, the benefits of effective partnerships do nor result overnight. Establishing effective and inclusive partnerships rakes rime, and it is important for you to create the right framework from the start and review the structure and process of the partnership on an ongoing basis to measure its success or failure.
Dare Mighty Things, "Establishing Partnerships" (2004). Partnerships/Community. 35.
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