What works in a cross-sector partnership? What doesn’t? What can we learn from past cross-sector partnerships?

We had a panel of cross-sector partnership leaders share their thoughts on these questions at a recent gathering of our sites in The Integration Initiative. Each gave three pieces of advice, which are listed below. Watch the video for a more in-depth discussion.

Maria Hibbs, Principal, MPH Social Strategies and former Director of Partnership for New Communities

  • You need to know and understand the culture in which you are embarking on the work
  • Secure a reputable convener and facilitator for a cross-sector partnership
  • Alignment of all of the aspects of your initiatives is essential

Monique Baptiste, Initiative Director, Newark’s Strong Healthy Communities Initiative

  • Constantly assess your capacity
  • Grow patience
  • Find out what “needle” you want to move, and then determine which stakeholders need to be at the table

Eric Muschler, Program Officer, The McKnight Foundation

  • Make it time limited
  • Focus on abundance of existing resources
  • Integrate cross-funding streams to accomplish outcomes

We had a panel of cross-sector partnership leaders share their thoughts. Each gave three pieces of advice. Watch the video for a more in-depth discussion