Defining and Clarifying the Organizational Typologies of Partnerships

Janice Roehl, Justice Research Center

What do we really know about community-agency partnerships? Although building such partnerships to address issues of public concern became increasingly popular in the 1980s and 1990s, many partners - and many evaluators - still struggle to define and clarify the structure and goals of their partnerships. By asking such fundamental questions as how long the partnership has been in place, whether it is an "organic" community-based partnership or a more goal-based partnership, whether its structure is more formal or informal, and how partnership decisions are made, both partners and evaluators can gain a better understanding of partnerships and partnership processes.

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Updated 05/20/2006