Good collaborative relationships are initially created by routine interactions between organizations both on and off campus. It is through these interactions that potential partners learn about one another, identify each others expertise and interests and begin to build the essential foundation of trust and respect for one another. It is also through these experiences organizations begin to identify potential candidates for partnership when the need for collaboration arises. Good community-campus partnerships are intentional, with a focus on “careful preparation, excellent implementation and meticulous follow through”, as well as evaluation of results.
The following building blocks take you through the necessary steps to build an effective and sustaining collaborative partnership.