Characteristics of Ideal Partners

Defining characteristics of successful partners are essential. The ideal potential partner:

  • Sees adoption of physical activity environmental and policy strategies as serving its organization’s mission
  • Serves and/or has constituents that are likely to include large numbers of adults with arthritis, at risk of developing arthritis, or caring for someone with arthritis
  • Is able to commit adequate organizational support to sustain strategies over time, including funding, staff, expertise, research skills, policy analysis skills, data, leadership, visible champions, facilitation and coordination skills, credibility, access to decision makers, and access to networks and partners

Other important characteristics of ideal partners include:

  • A willingness to:
    • achieve shared vision and joint goals and objectives
    • share resources and expertise
    • Support from their organizational leadership
    • Interest in and capacity to: 
      • market the interventions and recruit program leaders, instructors and/or class participants
      • collect and share data on implementation of interventions and their impact
      • provide personnel to assist in strategy coordination and delivery
      • function as a viable team member in a partnership
      • History of working successfully with state health departments, voluntary health and other organizations that address arthritis or other chronic diseases
      • Credibility in the community
      • No conflicts of interest
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