Building and Sustaining Partnerships

Building and Sustaining Partnerships includes the skills to develop and maintain relationships with community partners. 

Table.   Skills for Building and Sustaining Partnerships.

Building and Sustaining Partnerships

Communication:

  • Communicate about expectations
  • Engage in deep listening
  • Speak without using jargon
  • Read signals about when our requests might overwhelm a community
  • Ask questions
  • Use language that reflects  authentic partnership
  • Communicate clearly, without “dumbing down” language
  • Communicate clearly about resources that are available
  • Learn from story
  • Value story as medium for shared power
  • Negotiate about problems in relationship, and about differing priorities

 

Project management:

  • Discuss roles in project
  • Be flexible about roles
  • Project management, eg., checking in with partners about project progress
  • Bring groups together, and facilitate co-working
  • Involve partner from beginning of planning project
  • Negotiate differences in rhythm on and off campus
  • Transition from consultation to collaboration

 

Relationship skills:

  • Practice perspective-taking
  • Share authority—intellectual, financial, etc.
  • Navigate cross-cultural partnerships
  • Preserve relationship even when project does not work out
  • Behave appropriately in other people’s space—be a good guest
  • Work through transition of relationship at the conclusion of a project
  • Develop/restore trust in you and institution

 

Learn about community and university

  • Understand history of community relationship with university
  • Learn basic “lay of the land” of community, but understand that your knowledge is incomplete
  • Work with community navigator
  • Avoid involvement in community politics
  • Examine power relations

 

Understand how pieces fit together

  • Understand  and collaborate to achieve mutual benefit
  • See how university and community assets complement each other
  • Listen to interconnections among issues, and also see starting points

 

 

Resources for building our capacity for partnership includes:

  1. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Principles of Partnership.  https://ccph.memberclicks.net/principles-of-partnership
  2. Community Impact Statement

 

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