Where will I find the Toolkit section?
Developing Multi-sector and Non-traditional Partnerships begins on p.30 of the Toolkit!
What will I find in the Toolkit section?
- A discussion of the importance of partnering to develop and implement initiatives to address obesity disparities.
- Recommended tools to guide users in the identification of appropriate partners.
- Recommended tools to guide users in the development of appropriate partnerships.
- Examples of initiatives developed through multi-sector and community partnership approaches.
Why develop partnerships?
Initiatives developed and implemented at the policy, systems, and environmental level of the Social Ecological Model often require coordinated efforts across multiple organizations, and sectors. Partnerships facilitate pooling resources, information, and experience, from a variety of stakeholders to dilute a program’s burden of effort while increasing its potential impact. Partnerships also lead to “buy in,” or a vested interest from other organizations which contributes to sustainability.
When to develop partnerships?
The most effective collaborations will contribute to the overall development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and sustainability of an initiative.
If you are considering partnerships, you have more than likely:
- Conducted a program assessment to identify the areas of weakness or needed capacity within your organization.
- Understanding where gaps are will help identify partners best suited to fill them.
- Begun collecting data.
- Understanding what factors contribute to obesity disparities in your state will help identify resources needed to address the problem.
- Members of your working group or coalitions should review data as a team
- Considered the sustainability of your intended program.
Keep in mind that although it is best to develop and involve partners as early as possible, collaborations may be established at any point throughout the planning process. Partnerships can contribute to the refinement of existing programs to increase potential impact, or contribute to overall sustainability.
How to develop partnerships?
The Toolkit provides instruments and guides for conducting the following partnership building activities:
- Recognize where additional support will build programmatic capacity.
- Consider needed capacity for cultural competence in regards to the target population(s) as you identify partners throughout multiple sectors.
- Identify partners whose contribution will increase potential impact of a project in decreasing obesity disparities.
- Engage partners.