3. How we assess our partnerships
Before entering into or continuing any partnership the potential benefit of the council’s participation should be assessed against its own aims, objectives and responsibilities.
A partnership maybe appropriate when:
- the work of the partnership supports and contributes to the council’s strategic priorities and supports the council’s principles and ethos such as equalities and diversity
- the work of the partnership benefits residents, businesses and visitors to the district
- the partnership is able to carry out or support functions the council needs efficiently, or enable better performance than we could do on our own
- arrangements are in place to regularly monitor and report on the effectiveness of the partnership
- there is clarity of roles and remit of the partnership and the appointed officer / councillors
A set of questions are available at Appendix A that provide a useful guide to assessing the appropriateness of a partnership. These should be reviewed at the start of any negotiations for joining or creating a partnership.