A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action

Module 5: Resource Development/Sustainability – Partnerships

Striving for Excellence: An Annotated Resource Guide for CAA Boards

Module 5: Resource Development/Sustainability


  1. Authority and Guidance
  2. Tools for Building Effective Partnerships
  3. Examples of Partnership Tracking and Evaluation

1. Authority and Guidance

CSBG National Goal 4

Forming partnerships with other resources in the community is highlighted in CSBG IM 82 as part of CAA Board Leadership and is also Goal 4 of the CSBG National Goals and Performance Indicators.

Outline of CSBG National Goals and Performance Indicators

Detailed CSBG National Performance Indicators for PY2012

Goal 4: Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people are achieved.

National Performance Indicator 4.1 – Expanding Opportunities through Community-Wide Partnerships
The number of organizations, both public and private, that Community Action actively works with to expand resources and opportunities in order to achieve family and community outcomes.

  1. Non-Profit
  2. Faith Based
  3. Local Government
  4. State Government
  5. Federal Government
  6. For-Profit Business or Corporation
  7. Consortiums/Collaboration
  8. Housing Consortiums/Collaboration
  9. School Districts
  10. Institutions of post-secondary education/training
  11. Financial/Banking Institutions
  12. Health Service Institutions
  13. Statewide associations or collaborations
  14. The total number of organizations CAAs work with to promote family and community outcomes

2. Tools for Building Effective Partnerships

Board Members’ Guide to Partnership Planning – Johnson Center for Philanthropy in partnership with the AIM Alliance
The purpose of this guide is to serve as a reference for board members embarking on the collaboration journey. Many factors must be considered, and the following list shares 10 key elements critical to the success of any effective partnership.

This guide also contains a Partnership Checklist, a useful tool in tracking your progress through the partnership process.

Collaboration Framework - Addressing Community Capacity
The Collaboration Framework is designed to help individuals and practitioners who are either starting collaborations, or need help in strengthening an existing collaboration. Specifically, the Framework assists people, groups and organizations to achieve clearly defined outcomes. Drawing from a diversity of people and opinions, the Framework is based on a Core Foundation of shared vision, mission, principles and values. It clarifies the Factors, both Process and Contextual, which can either promote or inhibit the effectiveness of a collaboration which, in turn, affects its desired Outcomes.

Partnerships: Frameworks for Working Together – Compassion Capital Fund, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
This guidebook will help organizations answer several key questions:

  • Why are effective partnerships important?
  • What are the different forms that partnerships can take?
  • What are key steps to establishing effective partnerships?
  • What are key steps to managing effective partnerships in order to achieve mutually agreed-upon outcomes?

3. Examples of Partnership Tracking and Evaluation

Partnership Tracking Tool and Resources for Collaboration (Virtual CAP) – Community Action, Inc. (KS)
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 resources are included to help promote the development of effective partnerships and collaborative efforts.

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