Building Your Partnership
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- Here are some tips on building relationships within your partnership.
- Here are some tips on building community engagement to support your partnership.
- Here are some tips on navigating partnership dynamics:
- Here are some tips on maintaining ethical communication standards.
- Here is some guidance on using images ethically:
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
- Logic models can be used to guide the overall evaluation of the partnership.
- A logic model is a systematic, visual method of describing the relationship between the partnership’s resources, planned activities, deliverables, and desired outcomes.
- Issues addressed in a logic model should include: purpose/goal, external factors, inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes/impacts.
- 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.
Identify the right team members to attend meetings
- Strong partnerships require members who value culturally responsive, trauma-informed care and policy-making that takes time, resources, and difficult conversations.
- Welcome community diversity.
- Promote shared leadership.
- Include survivor perspectives.
- Establish new member orientation.
- 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.
- Set the norms norms or standards for partnership meetings.
- Get members trained in appropriate procedural rules for specialized interactions.
- Emphasize mutual respect, survivor confidentiality, and methods of conflict resolution.
- Assure that members of the partnership understand and attend to power dynamics amongst members and work to build trust within the partnership.
- Respect different views and opinions.
- Acknowledge small successes along the way.
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