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Table 8 AMP principles and corresponding relational elements in existing partnership assessment tools

From: An exploration of inter-organisational partnership assessment tools in the context of Australian Aboriginal-mainstream partnerships: a scoping review of the literature

Aboriginal-mainstream partnership principles Article Themes Summary of partnership self-assessment relational elements Tools
Ensure partnership services are developed in response to needs articulated by the Aboriginal community TT Responding to community needs Connections to community: prioritise local concerns, respond to needs and problems of the community. New York PSAT; Markwell (Verona)
Grass-roots, bottom-up approaches that knit together local knowledge within a national framework. RA
Openness to working differently with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, recognising that the mainstream approaches are frequently not the most appropriate or effective. B Implement strategies most likely to work in the community. New York PSAT
Local and region specific programs that are tailored to the needs of particular communities rather than “one size fits all” approaches. RA
Commitment to self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. B Self-determination Community influence: community representatives can influence partnership decisions; Markwell (Verona)
Long-term investment in strengthening communities at a local level to decide and manage their own lives RA Include the views and priorities of people affected by the partnership’s work/use participatory methods to stimulate active community engagement in planning. New York PSAT
Genuine engagement with communities in talking about, developing and implementing policies. RA support from potential blockers. New York PSAT
Ensure the project that is visible to local community and get them engaged TT Community engagement Heighten public profile and added prestige for the collaborative as well as the individuals. New York PSAT; VicHealth
Dedicate time for a development period to build mutually respectful relationships TT Mutually respectful relationship Mutual respect and understanding: inclusiveness, openness, encourage innovation to develop roles in local communities. Wilder; Markwell (Verona)
Commitment to developing long-term sustainable relationships based on trust B Sustainable relationships Develop valuable relationship: communicate partnership vision; develop common language, inclusive decision making. New York PSAT; VicHealth; Tennyson
Ensure there is equal participation in planning and power sharing TT Equal participation Involvement in planning and setting priorities; fairness in conduct of partnership. Nuffield; VicHealth
Difference in opinion, individual interest freely expressed; fairness in distribution of benefits. Nuffield; New York PSAT; VicHealth; Markwell (Verona)
Need for motivated individuals (partnership champions), commitment of senior staff, leadership and vision TT Leadership Have roles that cross the traditional boundaries. VicHealth
Investment in and support for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership. RA Inspire, motivate and empower people to be involved. New York PSAT
Use innovative power sharing methods, such as changes in chairing of meetings, place of meetings, etc. TT Innovation Identify new and creative ways to solve problems New York PSAT
Shared responsibility and accountability for shared objectives and activities. B Shared responsibilities Mutual accountability: members share a stake in both process and outcome; clear lines of accountability for performance. CGIAR; Wilder; Nuffield; Tennyson
  1. TT: Taylor and Thompson [5].
  2. RA: Reconciliation Australia [83].
  3. B: Burton [33].