Factors affecting Successful Public-Private Partnering in North Carolina

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Anne Lowry (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library

Abstract: The intent of partnering is to improve efficiency, and increase productivity or service provision, while keeping costs down. A combination of elements is necessary for the successful joining of organizations as partners. Partnerships must have common purpose, vision and goals. Partners must think as a team, communicate frequently and develop a long-term strategy. Successful partnering requires establishing a relationship of equals who are communicative and accountable. The North Carolina Partnership for Children, also known as Smart Start, is an example of a public-private partnership developed to address the needs of preschool children. Smart Start's campaign plan was to provide public services with corporate monies. The design principles described as necessary for successful partnership development have not been achieved in this case. Members did not have common purpose, open communication nor were they held accountable. Smart Start goals were not mutually agreed upon and success was not achieved. Public-private partnerships do work, they allow for leverage, flexibility, interdependence and economic opportunities in meeting social needs with limited resources. Public-private partnering should continue, however, with caution in design, formal agreements and accountability.

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Language: English
Date: 1997
Partnerships, Public-private Partnerships, North Carolina Partnership for Children, Public services

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