Steps in Building a Successful Partnership 1. Define mission, goals and objectives. o What is the coalition trying to accomplish by coming together? o Translate the individual goals and objectives of each organization into a mission for the partnership. 2. Identify supporters and stakeholders. o Who will benefit from this partnership? o Think about including those who could be adversarial if not included in the process. o Strategize how to balance and control diverse groups 3. Create a structure. o Identify the roles needed for the coalition to function. o Assign responsibilities within all parties. o Set up a coordinating function to hold the group together and manage communications. o Develop shared solutions as problems arise. o Be flexible. 4. Determine expectations. o Start with outcome measures. o Obtain consensus on the data elements. o Collect a baseline before starting, e.g. how many people are already receiving this service? 5. Create a communications network. o Develop a common language; don’t let semantics become a problem. o Communicate openly and frequently with all partners. o Identify a person to effect all internal coalition communication. o Specify a single spokesperson for all public communication. 6. Develop a message. o Keep the message simple and relevant. o Craft a message that works with your local community. o Repeat the message over and over again.