Working in Partnership

There are many different types of partnerships, and many different reasons that you might want to develop them. Some partners will help you generate ideas, or develop content; others will help you to design your engagement activity; some will be able to share their skills and knowledge to ensure your activity is a success, and others may be prepared to put resources into the activity. Partners can also help you develop relationships with different audiences.

However before you get started it is important to think through why you want to work in partnership, and why your partners might want to work with you.

Partnership management begins long before any project gets off the ground. Below are four things you should establish upfront to ensure a successful partnership:

Other Good Practice that will avoid problems later:

Find out your partners' preferred methods of communication – are they allergic to twitter, do they prefer face to face meetings or emails. Don't just circulate information to the person in charge – copy in all those involved.

Think about your partner - (Avoiding unnecessary conflict)

Other things to consider include:

To finish

Working in partnership does not always run smoothly. Part of the value of partnership work is that partners bring different insights and expertise, and this means that you won't always agree. However poor management can lead to the breakdown of partnerships, where partners feel they are not listened to, under-appreciated or are carrying more than their share of the workload. But with good management you can avoid these problems before they arise:

Finally – there comes a time when a partnership has run its course. If attempts to resolve conflict or stir up action have been unsuccessful you may need to consider dissolving the partnership. Thank all parties for their contribution and go your separate ways.

More information: Working in partnership | NCCPE