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Partnership Management outlines some of the key planning actions and operations activities once you launch a new partnership.

An important stage in the formalization of anti-trafficking partnership work involves agreeing on what trafficking looks like locally, how members define human trafficking, and on how to acheive goals set by the partnership to address trafficking in the Colorado context. There are multiple stakeholders involved in trafficking work and diverse strategies engaged to end trafficking. In order to be successful it will be vital to both honor the work that has already been done in your community and bring in new perspectives from those that may not have been invited to the table historically. It will also be essential to understand how your partnership relates to other local or regional bodies with an interest in human trafficking.

Building Your Partnership 

Setting Goals in Your Partnership

Here are some tips for developing goals:

  • Developing a mission with clear goals supports trust and stability in a partnership and decreases the likelihood of conflict based on confusion around the role of partnerships.
  • Partnerships with clear and attainable goals were able to partner more effectively and build rapport as they worked together to accomplish specific tasks.
  • Partnerships that appeared most effective at meeting goals were those that combined representatives from multiple Ps and supported each of those partners to exercise equal voice and leadership in the group.
  • Explicit goals that were attainable in the short-term to medium-term were often met, providing measurable progress toward ending human trafficking and building trust and momentum within partnerships.

Developing a Strategy For the Work of Your Partnership

Prepare your evaluation

  • Refer to your goals and decide what you want to assess and why.
  • Identify resources in your community to support evaluation, including existing data that may be available.
  • Determine the type of data to collect and collection methods that will be useful and feasible. 
  • Select an evaluation design to fit your partnership needs (basic vs. advanced).
  • Determine the need for external help with evaluation planning and implementation.
  • Consider ways staff or members might be involved that will permit them to gain an understanding of how other programs or systems function. 
  • Consider timeframes for data collection, review of results, and data-to-action planning. 


Consider a logic model


Understand the benefits of evaluation

  • Evaluation enables partnerships to improve their services and outcomes. 
  • Clear data enables partnerships to engage stakeholders including the community, identify new members, and secure funders through shared findings. 
  • Evaluation allows partnerships to identify gaps in services and better meet survivors’ needs. 
  • Partnerships can track the effects of systems change.


Other questions to ask

  • How will knowledge from this evaluation increase the partnership’s ability to collaborate? 
  • Which tasks, if done by team members, will build trust between members? 
  • How can evaluation activities enhance relationships with people in the community?
  • How can evaluation activities be used to improve survivors’ access to services? 
  • What are the limitations of evaluation? (What will not be learned and who will not be included?)

Here is why that can be useful:

  • It is important to identify current efforts in the community you intend to serve in order to prevent duplication of efforts, ensure that community efforts complement each other, leverage limited resources, and broaden the community’s overall capacity to address and respond to human trafficking. 
  • Community resource mapping focuses on what communities have to offer by identifying assets and resources and revealing unmet needs and underserved geographic areas. 
  • If a partnership already exists in your community, engage with members to identify how best to build capacity beyond those already engaged in anti-trafficking efforts.

Partnership Operations

Identify the right team members to attend meetings


Create and prioritize goals

  • Sharing a mission, goals, and objectives is necessary for effective partnerships.
  • Members must be willing to break down barriers between disciplines and seek common ground to reach mutual goals rather than rely on agency-specific objectives. 
  • Sharing common goals is integral to good leadership and creating a healthy environment for a team/partnership setting.  


Develop ground rules for meetings

Explore Other Sections of the Partnership Toolkit

Partnership 101

How do you define a partnership? How will you be intentionally inclusive in your membership?


Funding your Partnership

How will you fund your partnerships’ work? What funding sources are available to you?


Trust and Sustainability

How will you maintain trust and resolve conflict?


Survivor Engagement

How will you make your partnership survivor-centered?


Contact Colorado’s Human Trafficking Hotline Today

Colorado’s 24/7 Human Trafficking Hotline is managed by the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. Request referrals, report tips, or get help today.

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