Your partnership will be able to meet its objectives better and faster when you have the financial, human and material resources you want, before you actually need them. And, you can maximize the impact and influence of the partnership by better leveraging these resources once you have them.
When resource providers experience your success, they are more likely to provide you with money, people and equipment to sustain the partnership and expand your partnership activities in the future.
There are five parts to resource use:
*And Get More!
Here are 5 questions you can ask yourself to determine the support your partners might need in obtaining more resources, faster:
1. Do your partners recognize the many different types of Value-Based Partnership resources available to them?
- How well do partners understand the resource needs of the partnership?
- How creative and strategic are partners in matching resource needs with opportunities?
- Are partners able to identify internal and external resource opportunities?
2. Do your partners know what to ask, say and do to GET access to more resources?
- How effectively do partners work together in obtaining resources?
- What are your partners saying to resource providers (e.g., funders, donors)?
- What are your partners doing to ensure they obtain more resources, faster?
3. Do your partners know what to ask, say and do to KEEP resources once they have them?
- What is the relationship like between your partners and your resource providers?
- How well do partners understand what they need to do in order to maintain access to the resources promised?
- Does the partnership exceed the resource providers’ expectations consistently?
4. Do your partners know how to LEVERAGE the resources they have?
- What is your plan for using surplus resources effectively?
- How do partners ensure resources are used efficiently? How do you know?
- What steps are taken when resources are used up too quickly and there is a shortage?
5. What are your partners doing today, to ensure they have access to more resources tomorrow?
- Who is responsible for sourcing new resource opportunities for the future?
- What strategies do you have in place to ensure you become aware of new or emerging resource opportunities?
- How quickly are your partners able to respond to or take advantage of new resource opportunities?
By becoming more knowledgeable and better prepared, your partners will share the responsibility and accountability for obtaining resources, and they will be more likely to maximize the use of these resources to achieve the objectives of your partnership.
- Posted by Enette Pauzé
- On May 24, 2016
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