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Partnership and Contracting

The search for workable, mutually satisfying partnerships between government entities and community organisations grows year on year. It's a growing theme of government policy with the emergence of initiatives such as Whanau Ora and the Community Response Model. Not all succeed, for the very good reason that partnership is not always the easy option, especially when the relationship revolves around contractual funding and service delivery. Yet the benefits of successful partnerships and partnership-based (relational) contracts, in terms of improved services to the community, make the effort worthwhile.

Issues we can help you address include: 

  • Critically evaluating the added value of partnership and contract approaches.

  • Choosing the right form of relationship – when to seek a partnership, when use an enhanced contract.

  • Producing partnership agreements designed to work in practice.

  • Identifying the prerequisite conditions required to make the partnership or contact work for both (or all) parties.

  • Ensuring partnership agreements and contracts meet today’s accountability requirements.

  • Developing a plan for implementing the partnership or contract including planning to avoid unintended consequences.

  • Advising on collaborative arrangements which can work across entire communities, drawing on the strengths of local government as a partnership enabler.

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