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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.