Creating Viable Partnerships

Developing and implementing a successful education program cannot be achieved by any one organization or agency—it takes a team effort. The benefits of effective partnerships and collaboration include:

  • Strength in numbers
  • Additional resources, expertise, and funding
  • Well-coordinated and more efficient use of resources
  • Better anticipation of program obstacles and potential solutions

Identifying all interested or potentially affected parties will help ensure success. A successful partnership will include:

  • Policy and decision makers
  • Engineers and transportation planners
  • Educators (including teachers, principles, school board members etc.)
  • Law enforcement officers and judges
  • Advocates
  • Health and safety professionals

Some strategies for building effective partnerships include:

  • Understand the issues and the purpose of the partnership
  • Seek to interest agencies and encourage cooperation
  • Establish agreed-upon, long-term goals, strategies, and responsibilities
  • Provide win/win situations

The National Center for Safe Routes to School Online Guide has a section that discusses strategies to develop partnerships and coalitions for SRTS programs. Chapter 2 of the How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan guide also discusses ways to work with stakeholders to develop partnerships for pedestrian safety programs.