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Why is Managing Stakeholders and Activities Important to Success?

Every Good Initiative Needs a "Manager"

Recall that the Job Description of Partnership Intermediary emphasizes an ability to coordinate partners, manage information, and facilitate the design and implementation of solutions to employers’ needs. Often the intermediary is also responsible for the fiscal management of the initiative. To effectively undertake these responsibilities, the intermediary must: 

  • Dedicate staff time to the partnership. Successful initiatives often set aside a half- or full-time position for the task of coordinating the partners and information.
  • Take care of logistics, including meeting times, agendas, space, minutes and follow-up.
  • Build an understanding of each partner - how they want to participate, and what they can offer to the initiative at each stage, including planning and implementation.
  • Facilitate the development of a plan. This can be developed in a variety of formats, such as an action plan or logic model or workplan or narrative strategic plan. At a minimum, the plan must address long term goals, short- and medium-term activities, available resources and support from partners, and timelines. This should be the first cut at your initiative's strategic plan, which should evolve with the partnership.
  • Identify, secure, and leverage funding. Part of coordinating the partnership includes securing on-going fiscal support. The task of identifying, securing, and leveraging fiscal resources will fall on the intermediary, but should also be part of an open discussion with public and private partners.