Tips and Techniques for Creating Strong Partnerships

  • Build from existing relationships.
  • Make sure the library is in the right place at the right time.
  • Join existing coalitions and networks.
  • Target groups and initiate specific strategies.
  • Conduct focus groups to stay aware of community needs and opportunities.
  • Organize a committee or meetings with community leaders.
  • Contact members individually or meet one-on-one with leaders informally.
  • Identify local groups and potential community partners.
  • Include individuals and organizations that are well connected to the community.
  • Make sure there are benefits for all parties.
  • Utilize effective communication strategies.
  • Have designated and responsible representatives.
  • Focus on a specific project, program or issue.
  • Put the right people in the right positions. Because collaborations are built on trust and convergent goals, the major determinate of success lies in the human factor.