This is the sixth in a series of Virtual CAP news feeds, which can be used to support your agency’s efforts in relation to risk mitigation and meeting the CSBG Organizational Standards – full listing of Community Action Risk Mitigation Blogs.
Building Effective Community Partnerships
Building a network of effective partnerships is essential in order for CAAs to adequately address significant issues of poverty in their communities. This strategy is addressed in:
- Goal 4 of the Community Action National Goals: Partnerships among supporters and providers of service to low- income people are achieved.
- CSBG Organizational Standard 2.1: The organization has documented or demonstrated partnerships across the community, for specifically identified purposes; partnerships include other anti-poverty organizations in the area.
Collaboration Checkup Toolkit
This toolkit was developed to help the Community Action Network better understand the functioning of partnerships so they can more effectively develop and nurture those that have a measurable impact in local communities. Example surveys and other measurement tools to assess both the functioning of the partnerships and the results achieved because of them are provided.
The toolkit covers:
- Why Are Partnerships Important?
- What is a Partnership? What is Collaboration?
- What Indicates Success in Achievement of Partnerships?
- Creating Scales for Partnership Evaluation
- Ideas for Improving Partnerships
- Recognize the Challenges Ahead of Time
- Tools for Assessing Partnerships and Collaboration
- Partnership Matrices
- Sample Assessment – Am I a High Functioning Coalition Member?
- Sample Assessment – Are You Ready to Evaluate Your Coalition?
- Sample Assessment – Annual Satisfaction Survey for Community Coalitions
- Sample Assessment – Diagnosing Your Coalition
Virtual CAP Resource Information
Partnership Tracking Tool and Resources for Collaboration – Community Action, Inc. developed a Partnership Tracking Tool to document the types of relationships that are established by the agency with outside groups and organizations. Several other items on partnerships and collaboration are also featured.
This publication was created by the National Association of Community Action Agencies – Community Action Partnership, in the performance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services Grant Number 90ET0428. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.