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Reinforce healthy partnership practices

You want your partnership to remain healthy as you advance your health improvement efforts. This means ensuring that all the partnership members feel that their time is valued and that you regularly assess how the partnership is functioning. 

Consider asking members what assets and skills they’d like to share with your partnership and how they’d like to be involved. You can build a member assessment into your new member orientation process to capture this information. You may want to define specific levels of involvement as part of your organizational structure (see Determine an organizational structure).

Running effective meetings is another important way to ensure members of your partnership feel their time is valued. Effective meetings include:

  • A designated facilitator or chairperson/group leader
  • Written agendas
  • Ground rules
  • Shared meeting roles
  • Documentation
  • Periodic meeting evaluations

Periodically evaluate your membership and participation, decision-making processes, and meeting times and locations to help ensure that you’re creating space for new voices and perspectives. The Meeting Effectiveness Inventory provides feedback about leadership, conflict management, and other issues. Build simple meeting evaluations into your meetings to get information that will help you improve future meetings, by asking what went well with the meeting process and what could be improved for next time? Learn more about evaluating your coalition in our Evaluate Actions Guide.