Success Framework for Adult Immunization Partner Networks

Partnership management lifecycle

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC provided funding and support to the 64 Immunization Awardees as they worked in their jurisdictions to increase vaccine confidence, access, and equity in COVID-19 for adults. Developing partnerships with local and community-based organizations has been critical to these efforts and will remain critical to improving equitable vaccination coverage for all recommended adult vaccines.

To support the development and sustainability of these partnerships, CDC developed the Success Framework for Adult Immunization Partner Networks – a resource for jurisdictions to build the robust partnership networks needed to expand operational capacity, improve routine adult vaccination coverage, and reduce longstanding disparities in adult vaccination rates. This resource includes key phases, recommended actions, and additional tools that can help jurisdictions in bridging, strengthening, and sustaining a network of partners that will be critical to equitable adult vaccination coverage.

What Is the Success Framework?

  • Question-based guide to support establishing, managing, and sustaining partner networks.
  • Can help guide jurisdictions in evolving new and/or existing adult immunization partnerships into an organized and collaborative network through questions and recommended actions to: build on strengths, identify and address gaps, and support ways to sustain partnerships
  • Can also support strategic planning, development of new partners, cooperative agreement application development, or routine program management, among other uses.
  • Meant to be used by jurisdictions at any level of maturity, as users can focus on components of the framework that are most aligned to their current needs.
  • Intended as a set of guidelines, not a set of rules.

What’s Included in the Framework & Where Do I Start?

These optional materials can be used in coordination with stakeholders and/or partners to determine current progress and strengths, understand potential gaps or areas for improvement, and identify steps to begin addressing gaps and enhance the maturity of the partner network.

Success Framework [24 pages]

The summary of the Success Framework is the best place to start to understand the framework and how to use it. Users can specifically start with the questions and recommended actions in Phase A to assess your partner network and explore areas for improvement.

Success Framework Checklist [1 page]

The Success Framework Checklist provides a way to assess, document, and track what recommended actions within the Success Framework would be of most benefit to apply to your jurisdiction and partner network.

Success Framework Action Plan [19 pages]

The Success Framework Action Plan is a worksheet-style resource that can be used to review recommended actions, plan for next steps, and track implementation for each phase of the Success Framework.

Additional Information and Resources

What is a Partner Network?

In the context of this framework, a partner network refers to the collaboration between a jurisdiction and one or more partners in a jurisdiction working to improve adult vaccination coverage and health equity at the community level.

Partner networks will be unique to each jurisdiction. For example, states may establish partner networks to support activities at the state or regional level, while cities or territories may directly engage community-level organizations in their partner networks.

What is a Partner?

Partner refers to internal or external entities whom a jurisdiction has engaged to work together on the shared goal of improving adult vaccination coverage and health equity.

The relationships may be informal or formal, with partners having varied roles:

  • Informal partners are partners who share expertise or resources for a specific purpose without an agreement in place (e.g., participating in an advisory group, sharing jurisdiction-developed resources with their networks).
  • Formal partners are partners who enter into formal agreements (e.g., memoranda of understanding, financial contracts), documenting their commitment to work collaboratively to achieve shared goals.

The types of partners will vary based on the needs of the communities your immunization program is serving.

Screenshot of the Success Framework for Adult Immuziation

See the Framework in Action!

In this webinar, CDC and jurisdiction representatives share what the framework is, how to use it, and how it has already been used to strengthen partnerships to bolster adult vaccination coverage. Watch the video to hear representatives from Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Washington share their best practices for using the framework and how using it enabled them to grow their work in advancing adult vaccination coverage and health equity in coordination with partners.

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