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Health partnerships have a shared vision, have long-term aims and measurable plans for achieving them and work within a jointly-agreed framework of priorities and direction.

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Hallmarks of good practice:

Partnerships have a clear rationale with a formal, written document, e.g. memorandum of understanding

A memorandum of understanding is a formal document that sets out the purpose of the Partnership, defines roles and responsibilities, and broad aims.

Many Health Partnerships choose to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), either at the start of the Partnership or to formalise the work of an existing Partnership. Developing an MoU can be an important way to ensure that both partners agree on the broad purpose of the Partnership, as well as setting out how the two sides will work together. An MoU can encourage a greater feeling of ownership by both partners – provided that the process of developing and drafting the MoU is a true collaboration, rather than being driven from the UK.


Exit strategies are developed when appropriate

An Exit Strategy is a partnership’s plan describing how and when the partners intend to responsibly end their support while ensuring that achievement of the project goals is not jeopardised and that progress towards these goals will continue into the future. Exit strategies, when planned with partners in advance, ensure better project outcomes and encourage commitment to sustainable results.
Adapted from What We Know About Exit Strategies. Practical Guidance For Developing Exit Strategies in the Field. A. Gardner, K. Greenblott, E. Joubert (2005)

Has your partnership developed an exit strategy of any kind? We would like to hear from partnerships who have done this and who would be willing to talk to us about their approach and experiences. 
Please contact graeme@thet.org