Seeking and cultivating collaborations should reflect knowledge of both the vision and mission of the center as well as knowing the needs of the stakeholders and potential participants in the activities of the center. Stated differently, the mission should inform what organizations or which individuals you seek to collaborate with. Effective collaborations support the center's mission and provide focus which can keep the center on track. One of the results of collaboration can be connections to other university activities that have overlap with the center's mission and can lead to constructive interactions that lead to future collaborations.
A center's vision and mission shape the kinds of partnership and collaborations that will be useful or necessary to achieve success.
Partnership development is a process that takes time, personal connection, trust, shared goals, and mutual benefit and should be considered relationship building.
Partnerships are dynamic in nature and it is necessary to continually evaluate the relationships and identify the evolution of the partnerships.
Creating and Maintaining Partnerships, The Community Tool Box, University of Kansas