Developing Community Partnerships

Thank you for your interest in developing a community partnership. Your partnership is crucial to the success of your community engagement. ICCE can help SF State faculty identify community partners and facilitate relationship development. Whether you're just starting out, are interested in exploring new opportunities or are having challenges with your collaboration, we can help.

ICCE can help you identify the best placement sites for your students and set up agency partnerships. You can look at the current opportunities and agencies available on our ULink49 Database see our current list of opportunities from community agencies interested in working with faculty, or contact the ICCE office at (415) 338-6419 for assistance in identifying potential community partners.


Making Connections

Research shows that the quality of the faculty experience, student learning outcomes and impact on community partners is greatly influenced by the crucial relationship between faculty and community partners. Simply stated, that relationship is the lynch pin of all community engagement.

For example, one study showed that delegated partnerships - those with coordinators who focused exclusively on coordination and played no role in program participation – are likely to produce pre-defined outcomes, while undelegated partnerships are likely to produce co-defined outcomes (outcomes defined by, and tailored to the needs of, both partners).

Tips for Developing Excellent Community Partnerships

  • To develop real, strong multi-faceted partnerships (and avoid logistical nightmares), work with as few organizations as possible. Perhaps there's one you're already involved with
  • Communicate with your community partner about changes and remember to solicit feedback
  • Connect your service-learning community partnerships and work to your scholarship and service
  • Advocate for your community partner on campus. Connect your community partners with other faculty members as appropriate
  • Bring community partners to class as part of preparation for service
  • Students should thank community partners for what they learned at the end of the semester
  • Be honest about your and your class's limitations
  • Bring community partners to class as part of preparation for service
  • Students should thank community partners for what they learned at the end of the semester
  • Be honest about your and your class's limitations

  1. Delegation of coordination and outcomes in cross-sector partnerships: The case of service learning partnerships by Dwight E. Giles Jr., Silvia Dorado, Theodora C. Welch. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 2009