General Principles

Principles of Partnership

The University Community Partnership Office is dedicated to helping every campus/community partnership be highly successful and reach its full potential. To do this, we encourage all partners to adhere to the following principles of partnership, adapted from Community Campus Partnerships for Health:

  • Partners have agreed upon mission, values, goals and measurable outcomes for the partnership.
  • The relationship between partners is characterized by mutual trust, respect, genuineness and commitment.
  • The partnership builds upon identified strengths and assets, but also addresses areas that need improvement.
  • The partnership balances power among partners and enables resources among partners to be shared.
  • There is clear, open and accessible communication between partners, making it an ongoing priority to listen to each need, develop a common language and validate/clarify the meaning of terms.
  • Roles, norms, and processes for the partnership are established with the input and agreement of all partners.
  • There is feedback to, among, and from all stakeholders in the partnership, with the goal of continuously improving the partnership and its outcomes.
  • Partners share the credit for the partnership's accomplishments.
  • Partnerships take time to develop and evolve over time.
  • Partners embrace the art of evaluation, documenting whenever possible their process and measuring their interventions to create transparency, accountability and replicability.
  • Partners plan together the dissemination of research findings into translatable and practical applications with the community.

Source: Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, Community Partnership Resource Center and University Community Partnerships at UCSF