4.4 Ending a Partnership

Wrapping up

It’s tempting to move on to the next project once a collaboration has concluded, but taking the time to properly wrap-up will benefit both you and your partner. Collect any numbers, stories or artifacts that will help tell the story of your program. Have a debriefing meeting with everyone involved to discuss what went well and what could be improved. Make sure you thank the people you worked with directly, as well as any managers or administrators whose approval or cooperation was required.

Evaluation

If you and your partner agreed on an evaluation plan at the beginning of the project, evaluating your collaborative effort should be easy. Share the results of your program evaluation with your partner at the end of the project so they know what kind of impact they had. Take those numbers and stories you gathered and communicate them to relevant stakeholders to illustrate the impact of your program. See the Assessment & Evaluation module for more.

Laying the groundwork for the next collaboration

If your initial collaboration was successful, both you and your partner will be enthusiastic about working together in the future. If you don’t have any additional work together planned, let your partner know you’ll be happy to collaborate again. Keeping partners up-to-date with your programs and offerings will help remind them of what the library can offer, and they may approach you with their own ideas for collaborations.

Community Partnerships KWL

Return to the KWL worksheet from the beginning of the Community Partnerships module. Fill out the “Learn” column with the most important things you learned from this module. Was anything you “Knew” incorrect or incomplete? Did you learn everything from your “Want to Learn” column?

Community Partnerships KWL Worksheet (DOCX)

What do you already know about community partnerships? What do you want to learn about community partnerships? What did you learn from this module about community partnerships? (You will answer this question at the end of the module.)