Develop

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Where are we now?

What programme of work will attract and maintain the interest of our main audience? What are our assets? Can we think differently about available resources? How can we keep the conversation going with key people?

If you are at the Develop stage you will now have defined a vision and strategy driven by the needs of, and even co-designed with, local young people. At this stage the partnership is building the future together – designing ambitious joint projects that will deliver on the vision, in conversation with other stakeholders and young people. For inspiration you might like to revisit the case studies in Discovery and Partnership Building Discover and build the section of this resource library.

Ingredients and recipes

There are many ingredients from the Powerful Partnerships set that feel relevant to the Develop stage; we have selected some key ones here. The resources that map against these ingredients are designed to help you further articulate the change that you intend to implement and develop an enticing programme that responds to this change; one that is relevant to partners’ priorities and attractive to your participants.

  • Undertake collaborative action: You will find resources on shared decision-making from the Creative People and Places programme, a stakeholder mapping tool along with 10 guiding questions arising from our principle research Caring for Cultural freedom. You will also find a prototyping tool for developing programme ideas and pilots.
  • Create a clear shared identity: At this stage it may be beneficial to revisit the roles and responsibilities. You can review an overview of some emerging models of governance across London’s Cultural Education Partnerships to date.
  • Provide clear and mutual benefit: You may find that developing a theory of change will support you at this stage. Planning for the impact evaluation should begin now. The partnership may also benefit from self-reflection and you may want to explore peer learning opportunities for supporting reflective practice in the partnership. We acknowledge that we do not have many tools in this area, although we do continually develop evaluation. Our Further Reading signposts to a number of useful external resources.
  • Secure and share resources and opportunities: At this stage, and indeed underpinning each stage of a partnership, is the necessity to think about the resourcing and sustainability of your work. Explore your assets and resources using the tools available here and undertake research to consider new funding bids as a partnership.

See the full set of 13 Powerful Partnerships ingredients

Resource library



Click here for references.

Where to next?

  • Further reading: A page listing other useful links and tools that will support your thinking. Scroll through the list by stage

Join the discussion

Our collection will grow over time as we continue to explore the needs of our partners and we welcome input and feedback from others. What has supported your developing partnership?

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