In a study of effective partnerships in health promotion and aging supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Council on Aging (n.d.) NCOA, , using criteria for effective health promotion programming established by advisors, identified the major components of building and sustaining successful partnerships to promote healthy aging, as:
- Establishing the mutuality of common goals is crucial to focusing and sustaining the partnership.
- Regular forms of communication keep partners on track, updated, and feeling part of the process.
- Agreements, whether formal or informal, are needed to clarify member roles and assess program achievements and problems.
- Staff orientation to new programs and partnerships is essential for effective and efficient program operations.
- Recognition of the efforts of partners, staff and volunteers, and sharing of publicity of program successes is a win-win strategy for maintaining investment in the program while, at the same time, raising public awareness.
- Developing partnerships and trust takes time. Give them time and reap the rewards.