Resources for Governance
Community Foundations of Canada
The Community Foundations of Canada is an inspiring collection of hard working community groups. They have also gathered a wealth of resources which may be useful for your Drought Leadership Group.
They also have a clear idea of the principles and ideas they are striving for, something which would be beneficial for you to have as well. Below are their 10 Principles.
We build community vitality
Strong, vital communities are those in which everyone can participate. They are resourceful and resilient. Community foundations nurture and build our community’s strength and assets. We respond to challenges and opportunities and support organisations and individuals to do likewise. We develop local leadership, invest in sustainability, champion justice, and mobilize civic participation and resources.
We understand our communities
Sweeping changes to the economy, the environment and demographics are just some of the trends affecting our country and our communities. We actively participate in the life of the community, continually engage in consultation and discussion, track and report on local and national trends and respond to change.
Adapt and Prosper: unlocking the potential of cross sector partnering
Building Successful Collaborations: A Guide to a Collaboration Among Non-profit Agencies and Between Non-profit Agencies and Businesses
Community Toolbox (University of Kansas)
The Collaboration Challenge: Making the Most of Strategic Alliances between Nonprofits and Corporations
Dr. Austin holds the Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School. Previously he held the John G. McLean Professorship and the Richard Chapman Professorship. He has been a member of the Harvard University faculty since 1972. He was the Co-Founder and Chair of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. For more about Dr. Austin, click here.
The Concept of Community Governance: A Preliminary Review
Creating a Common Language for Cross-sector Collaboration
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Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide
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Results That Matter Team: Effective Community Governance
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Evolution in Community Governance: Building on What Works
Fanning the Flame: The CDAC Network – A Movement for Change
As with all new initiatives the case study also makes clear that there have been, and continue to be, challenges at the heart of our work together. It addresses these challenges head on as it presents both the diverse, and sometimes divergent, viewpoints of those interviewed. What shines through is Network Members’ passion and commitment to ensuring that communicating with disaster affected communities becomes a consistent, resourced and predictable element of humanitarian preparedness and response, and their commitment to the CDAC Network as an important vehicle and voice in propelling this agenda forward.
Fundamentals of Evaluating Partnerships
To view the Evaluation Guide: Fundamentals of Evaluating Partnerships, click here.
The Australian Journal of Public Administration
Improving Partnership Governance: Using a Network Approach to Evaluate Partnerships in Victoria
Partnerships of various kinds are now widespread, but evaluating them is complicated. This article examines the usefulness of a network approach for analysing partnership effectiveness, where the central concern is governance. The approach is based on interviews, and for this evaluation they were conducted with 120 people from 10 different partnerships in Victoria. A detailed examination of network structures uncovers important features of partnerships, yielding crucial information about them as governing entities, and providing feedback to partners on where effort needs to be spent on relationship building. This article adds to the existing knowledge about what makes partnerships effective, and to the toolkit available for evaluating them.
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The Intersector Toolkit
Access the Toolkit here.
Measuring the relationship between organizational transparency and employee trust
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The Partnering Initiative
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View their article on the partnering cycle and partnering principles here.
View their Partnering Toolbook here.
View their resource on the risks and benefits of partnering here.
View Talking The Walk, a look at the realities of communicating in and about partnership.
Partnering Fact Sheet by Constructing Excellence
Companies or individuals becoming involved in partnering arrangements for the first time will find this fact sheet particularly helpful. It is written for a wide audience – clients, contractors, architects, quantity surveyors, in fact anyone involved in the construction process.
Find the fact sheet here.
Partnership Relationship Management - Partnering Intelligence
An organization must learn to communicate with its partner, using self‐ disclosure skills to articulate its needs. It must know its personal trust strategies and then share those with the partner. The organization must build agreements that are mutually beneficial while working through the conflict that collaboration, by its very nature, causes.
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This resource is to assist community arts organisations undertaking projects with one or more partners. While it is well documented that partnerships provide multiple benefits, it is also frequently reported that ‘partnerships can be difficult’. This resource aims to address some of the challenges of working in partnerships, as well as highlighting the benefits.
The Partnership Analysis Tool
This resource is for organisations entering into or working in a partnership to assess, monitor and maximise its ongoing effectiveness. It was revised in 2011 to include information on changing organisations and has recently been refreshed for 2016.
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Partnerships: Frameworks for Working Together
In this e-learning lesson you will learn about the typical components found in effective partnerships, the different forms that partnerships can take, the steps to establishing effective partnerships, and how to manage and bring closure to partnerships.
What Barriers? Insights from Solving Problems through Cross-Sector Partnerships
What do Partnership Brokers Do? An enquiry into practice
Observation of, and research into, a wide range of partnerships over many years suggested that where there was one (or more than one) person acting in the intermediary role, partnerships tended to have deeper engagement, greater focus and more impact. It became increasingly clear that the inter-mediating role was critical – and so the idea (and the terminology) of partnership ‘brokering’ was born.
Read further here.
Why partnerships carry risks as well as benefits for local authorities
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