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; and
- There is clarity of roles and remit of the partnership and the appointed officer / members.
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.