2 What we’ll cover… to start How to think about partnershipBenefits, opportunities - and barriersHow to approach partnershipsWhat works and what doesn’tThe process of building partnership
3 First - what do you think? When we say ‘partnership’ what comes to mind?What does partnership mean in the context of External Systems?What are the benefits - and barriers?
4 Benefits of partnership Making 1+1 more than 2… sharing ideas and resourcesGaining access to skills of othersMutual support and enthusiasmSeeing through other’s eyesFunding available to partnershipsReaching wider audiences
5 Barriers and challenges Suspicion and lack of trustFear of losing identityUnacceptable inequalities of powerPoor communicationLack of leadership, clear rolesConfused style of workingThe time it takes to build trust and new relationship
6 Partnerships which aren’t Sherry Arnstein’s ladder of participation 1969Suggests top of the ladder is best. The key issue - who is in control.
7 A revised ladder Supporting Substantial participation Acting together Degree of controlDeciding togetherSometime ‘lower rungs’ may be appropriate. But if you want partnership make sure that is what is offered.ConsultationInformation
8 Three views of partnership PaperworkMoneyJargonProjects‘Business’Trust andRelationshipsPersonalitiesConstitutionPeopleStructureMeetingsAgreementConfidenceSkillsProcedures
9 Partnership life cycle Initiating: What was the spark? Who’s idea? Why?Starting: get to know each other. Create shared vision. Write agreement.Doing: start projects. Involve others. Support each other.Sustaining - or finishing. Do you need to keep going?
10 Tips for partnership working Be clear on what you really want.Check how much influence you have.Don’t end up a token representativeLook for allies. Be sociable.Use workshops as well as committees.Put yourself in other’s shoes.Organise around tasks, projects.Be honest. Build trust.
11 Reaching an agreement Who will benefit What are the goals, deliverablesWhat is our shared visionWhat will each party contributeHow will decisions be madeHow will conflict be dealt withHow will surpluses be sharedHow will we know if we are succeeding
12 Building a relationship Respect people’s styles and culturesUse different ways to communicateGo away together - away daysDo things together - projectsExpect to learn from each otherBalance competition and collaborationTake timeBe positive! Have some fun!