There are many benefits to working with partners.

  1. It allows departments to be more efficient with their time, money, and resources.  It is a win-win for both the partner, agency, and community.
  2. It also avoids the duplication of services.

However, this type of collaboration must be handled carefully.  Use agreements to establish legal responsibilities and liabilities, in addition to defining staff and program supervision details.  How will the program be monitored to ensure the quality of service?

Will the partnership continue indefinitely?  How will the partnership be dissolved in the future?

These details should be put in writing.

Discussing the partnerships may happen in speaking bureaus — where speakers will come together to discuss a certain goal , public meet