Building and Sustaining Community Partnerships for Teen Pregnancy Prevention: A Working Paper. Partnerships Pool Resources, Share Risks, Increase Efficiency


In partnerships the expertise of different individuals, professions, and groups can be pooled, allowing a more complete understanding of issues, needs, and resources, improving the capacity to plan and evaluate, and allowing for the development of more comprehensive strategies. Further, division of responsibility allows each partner to specialize, doing what it does best. Because partners share responsibility and risk, they are more willing and likely to be creative, becoming involved in new and broader issues. Partnerships, through efficiencies of scale and elimination of duplication, allow maximum use of resources. They also provide access to and permit development of more talents, resources, and approaches than any single organization could. Partnerships bring together larger and more diverse constituencies than single organizations. By including diverse perspectives, partnerships can develop a more comprehensive vision, increase accountability, and achieve a wider base of support for their efforts. By demonstrating widespread support and taking joint action, partnerships can maximize their members' power and increase access to policy makers, the media and the public.