Building and Sustaining Community Partnerships for Teen Pregnancy Prevention: A Working Paper. 4. On-going Planning


Although the creation of an action plan is typically accomplished within the first year, planning is an on-going part of partnership development, and its continuation appears necessary for partnership success.(234) Butterfoss and colleagues note the need for regular reorientation to the purposes, goals, roles and procedures of the partnership.(235) Plans need to be reevaluated and changed as community conditions change, new funding becomes available, new opportunities arise, and the partnership matures.(236) At the least, plans should be ratified annually by the whole membership.(237) Planning retreats(238) and annual planning meetings(239) are important for reflection and problem solving and have a large positive effect on coalition growth. These sessions are also an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments.(240) Technical assistance is useful in these sessions.(241)