Guiding Principles of Partnership

Applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize the guiding principles of partnership outlined by the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Board of Directors in 2013.

The principles are responsive to the consideration of the university as part of a broader “ecosystem of knowledge” in which solutions are co-created through partnership with the community of which the institution is a part (Saltmarsh and Hartley, 2016).

  1. Guiding Principles: The CCPH Principles of Partnership below are not meant to be prescriptive or adopted verbatim but rather to be used for discussion or as a model for developing one’s own principles of partnership.
      • The Partnership forms to serve a specific purpose and may take on new goals over time.
      • The Partnership agrees upon mission, values, goals, measurable outcomes and processes for accountability.
      • The relationship between partners in the Partnership is characterized by mutual trust, respect, genuineness, and commitment.
      • The Partnership builds upon identified strengths and assets, but also works to address needs and increase capacity of all partners.
      • The Partnership balances power among partners and enables resources among partners to be shared.
      • Partners make clear and open communication an ongoing priority in the Partnership by striving to understand each other's needs and self-interests, and developing a common language.
      • Principles and processes for the Partnership are established with the input and agreement of all partners, especially for decision-making and conflict resolution.
      • There is feedback among all stakeholders in the Partnership, with the goal of continuously improving the Partnership and its outcomes.
      • Partners share the benefits of the Partnership's accomplishments.
      • Partnerships can dissolve, and when they do, need to plan a process for closure.
      • Partnerships consider the nature of the environment within which they exist as a principle of their design, evaluation, and sustainability.
      • The Partnership values multiple kinds of knowledge and life experiences.
  2. Quality processes that are relationship focused; open, honest, respectful and ethical; trust building; acknowledging of history; committed to mutual learning and sharing credit.
  3. Meaningful outcomes that are tangible and relevant to communities. For example: eliminating health disparities, creating affordable housing, closing the education gap and revitalizing rural economies.
  4. Transformation that occurs at multiple levels, including:
      • Personal transformation, including self-reflection and heightened political consciousness
      • Institutional transformation, including changing policies and systems
      • Community transformation, including community capacity building
      • Transformation of science and knowledge, including how knowledge is generated, used and valued and what constitutes “evidence” and “ethical practice”
      • Political transformation, including social justice


CCPH Board of Directors. “Position Statement on Authentic Partnerships.” Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, 2013. 2018 February 4.

Saltmarsh, John, and Matthew Hartley. “The Inheritance of Next-Generation Engagement Scholars.” Publicly Engaged Scholars. Eds. Margaret Post, Elaine Ward, Nicholas Longo, and John Saltmarsh. Stylus Publishing, LLC: Sterling, Virginia, 2016. 15-34.