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Title: Partnerships: Lessons Learned Partnership for Indian Education

PartnershipsLessons LearnedPartnership for
Indian Education
  • Carlos Rodriguez, Ph.D.
  • American Institutes for Research

  • Todays Talk
  • History Context
  • Results and Findings on Partnership

Why Partnerships?
  • Educators are recognizing that the preparation of
    young people for the future is beyond the
    capacity of education alone.
  • Educational partnerships form a continuum of
    support with differing levels of participation

History Context
  • Problem
  • Few minorities in STEM in the health
    professions pipeline
  • Large underserved, minority areas
  • Local, State Federal possible solution
  • Grow Your Own through community,
    partnership-based networks

History Context
  • The PHPE Program (Partnership for Health
    Professions Education)
  • Demonstration Program
  • Seven Sites New Jersey, California, Washington,
    Hawaii, Texas, Oklahoma, and (later) Georgia.
  • All different geography, populations and,
    therefore, partnership models

History Context
  • The Diversity of PHPEs
  • NJ North mostly, Puerto Rican/ African
  • CA Central Valley, Latinos/ Immigrant
  • WA Five states Native Emerging Hispanic
  • HA Across 5 islands, Native Hawaiians
  • TX Rural Border South Texas, Mexican Americans
  • OK Whole state, Native African Americans
  • GA Primarily Atlanta Black/ Afr. Americans

Partnership Logic Model
Legislative Objectives
Long-term Outcomes
Disposing Conditions
Intermediate Outcomes
Outputs (Short-term)
Results and Findings-Partnerships
  • Critical Factors of Partnerships
  • 1 Maintaining Membership
  • 2 On-Going and Effective Communication
  • 3 Collaborative Relationships
  • 4 Shared Vision for Action
  • 5 Effective Management
  • 6 Adaptability of Partnership

1 Maintaining Membership
  • Energetic facilitator who is the energy behind
    getting the partners together.
  • A core decision-making group of about 8-15 people
    who commit to meet regularly.
  • Reflect the diversity of the students and the
    community in partnership members.
  • Ask partners Who is missing from the table? and
    nominate new partners as needs arise.

1 Maintaining Membership (cont.)
  • Practice (or teach) cultural competence amongst
    partners (e.g., teach understanding of the goals
    and needs of different groups).
  • Build the partnerships on more than just money
    people come to the table around a concept.
  • Get buy-in from the highest person at each
    institution or council while balancing
    representation of diverse community groups.

2 On-Going and Effective Communication
  • Choose key representatives who have
    decision-making power at their home institutions)
    to have at the table.
  • Initiating facilitator repeatedly talks to the
    head of an institution and describes the
    advantages of the partnership to that person.
  • Promote structured, continuous communication
    through regular, formal meetings.
  • Meet continuously with any dissident partners
    until the solution is worked out.

3 Collaborative Relationships
  • Shared decision-making consensus strategies.
  • Ensure that each partner has an equal voice.
  • Affirm collaboration.
  • Attend partners institutional/group meetings,
    i.e. partners get to know what the partners are

3 Collaborative Relationship (cont.)
  • Learn early the culture of the partners and
    likely barriers, such as financial issues.
  • Promote understanding of each others culture and
    goals through group discussion.
  • Promote the partnership to the local community.
    Identify, acknowledge and honor the members of
    the partnership publicly.

4 Shared Vision for Action
  • Develop a common vision.
  • Link partnership goals to the goals of the
    partners, do not force partners to meld their
    goals to the partnership. The goals developed by
    the partners should reflect all partners.
  • Develop a formal agreement based on a commonly
    developed, shared vision.
  • Demonstrate interagency ownership including
    shared credit and recognition.

5 Effective Management
  • Have your first project be a simple and effective
    one that all partners approve and that can serve
    as an early success.
  • Identify potential barriers and make plans to
    address them.
  • Recognize that it takes time to develop the
    necessary levels of trust.

5 Effective Management
  • Practice sound fiscal responsibility and update
    partners regularly on financial matters to build
  • Meet directly with specific individuals if there
    are problems.
  • Follow-up on any issues/concerns raised by any
  • Encourage support of individual partnership

6 Adaptability of Partnership
  • The partnership should be able to adapt to new
    circumstance and to address any challenges.
  • Integrate existing community structures.
  • Complete an inventory of existing partnership
    programs and identified gaps.

  • Collaborative efforts around a shared vision and
    goal can yield desirable outcomes for
    underrepresented minority population groups.
  • Partnerships give students, educators,
    communities, the opportunity and means to create,
    recognize, and accept a responsibility to prepare
    and cultivate a diverse workforce.

Attributes of Effective Partnerships
  • Common vision, overarching goals, shared norms
  • Trust
  • Complementary resources
  • Compensatory resources
  • Extraordinary Results doing with each other
    what cant be done alone