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Shared funding is a natural facilitator to any partnership, and can help sustain the effort during lapses in a grant cycle or administrative delays. However, funding is not the only resource that partnerships should share. Expertise, for example, is a commonly cited as a valuable resource in research-practice partnerships. Learning about a research partner’s areas of expertise will enhance not only the current effort, but can also lead to opportunities for future collaboration. Another beneficial aspect of bringing experts on board is legitimacy; a national presence at the table can give leverage to invite state and local leaders into the partnership. In turn, a friendly working relationship with national experts can lead to a greatly expanded network and contacts for future initiatives. A shared governance model—one in which both partners agree on an outcome and thus have a stake in advancing the common goal—can ensure that each partner remains invested in contributing time, expertise, finances, and other resources toward the outcome. 


Putting this Lesson into Practice


The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University (CIEPAC) exemplified sharing resources when they partnered to address motor vehicle safety. The researchers found gaps in the literature surrounding the safety of children in the rear seats of for-hire vehicles, and NYSDOH's access to the Crash Outcomes Data Evaluation System (CODES) dataset could help to address these gaps. With the assistance of a faculty-supervised student from the Mailman School of Public Health  and NYSDOH epidemiologists, the two organizations together analyzed the data, resulting in critical rear seat safety information for dissemination to the public and policymakers. Read more...






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 This toolkit was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number 6NU38OT000172-04-03 (CFDA #93.434), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services. 

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