Building and Sustaining Community Partnerships for Teen Pregnancy Prevention: A Working Paper. Partnerships Integrate and Coordinate Services


Another rationale for the preference for partnerships comes from the perspective of service integration and coordination. The proliferation of categorical services, often motivated by federal and state funding directives, created complex and fragmented systems that were frequently difficult to access, as well as inflexible and redundant. By coordinating service providers, partnerships can develop comprehensive plans, eliminate duplication, allow members to specialize in their functions, link and integrate partners' activities, and ensure consistency. These benefits improve efficiency, making better use of more limited resources, increase flexibility, and enhance the ability to leverage resources.