“Partnerships are an important mechanism for building and sustaining capacity among Division
of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) programs. Partnerships bring together a diversity of skills and resources for more effective outcomes. By making the best use of different but complementary resources, partnerships can increase program efficiency. To be successful, partnerships must have a clear purpose, add value to the work of the partners, and be carefully cultivated and evaluated.
The tools [in the Partnership Tool Kit] can be used in a variety of ways depending on the level of development and the priorities of the program’s partnerships. There is no set way to use the Tool Kit. It is intended to be used to talk about partnerships in general. However, it can also be used to further explore a single partnership.
The Tool Kit includes four tools developed to reflect the continuum of partnering: Determining the Need for a Partnership, Developing a Partnership, Evaluating the Partnership, and Sustaining the Partnership.”