Shared Vision, Mission and Goals – Partners have agreed upon the vision, mission, and goals of the partnership along with benchmarks and measurable outcomes.
Commitment to Collaboration – All partners are clear and committed to the length of time of collaboration, understand each partner’s assets and limitations and work together to build capacity of all partner organizations.
Clearly Defined Governance Structure – Clearly defined roles, responsibilities and procedures for leadership and governance have been established with input and agreement of all partners.
Common Processes – There is clear, open and accessible communication which is enhanced by shared processes and procedures among collaborators (e.g., common language, shared training, common referral forms , on-going feedback, shared data collection and evaluation).
Equity of Contributions – Partners strive to develop a Win-Win relationship with shared power guided by the principles of diversity, equity, anti-oppression and inclusiveness.
Sustainability Resources – Dedicated staff and champions, funding or shared resources are allotted to the collaboration. Key leaders and staff to champion the collaborative venture are essential to initial, maintain and sustain the partnership.
Embraces Diversity, Creativity and Change – It is recognized that collaborative partnerships evolve over time and all members need to be open to change, innovation and the diverse perspectives each person brings to the table.
Mutual Trust and Respect – There is a true sense of mutual trust and respect between and for each partner which honors each partner’s expertise and knowledge.