How to empower partnerships

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How to empower partnerships. Faculty Conference 17 July Jan Fook School of Education. Partnerships in practice research. Partnerships involving collaborations between researchers, educators, practitioners, service users to research practice in social services in order to improve it. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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How to empower partnershipsFaculty Conference 17 JulyJan FookSchool of EducationHow to empower partnershipsPartnerships in practice researchPartnerships involving collaborations between researchers, educators, practitioners, service users to research practice in social services in order to improve itLevels of partnership a continuumPerspectives on partnershipManagerialistDemocraticTherapeuticIssues in enabling partnerships some experiencesDifficulties in making changeBeing stuck in rolesNeed to show respect and understanding of the contexts/cultures of othersOpenness to paradigm shifts and constant mindfulnessThe meaning of equality? (and the problem of power)How to empower partnerships?Clarify the goals and directions of the project (and basic assumptions and expectations) early on, but also continuouslyClarifying the kind of partnership which is needed to achieve the specific goal/s of the project (ie. What combination/proportion of roles, who leads, etc).Keep an open culture in the group to include all different viewpoints, and to explore differing expectations, viewpoints, experiences.Take into account the more subtle ways of creating group culture, and reinforcing more powerful cultures. Recognize that there are different types of power which may operate differently in the groupCreate a more neutral routine space to discuss the more emotional experience of the process (eg. Perhaps a small segment at the end of each meeting)Be aware of attitudinal changes which are neededTry to be self reflexive to appreciate the limitations of ones own perspective and the subtle ways this might influence our behavior towards others.ReferenceJ. Fook, A. Johannessen, & M. Psoinos (2011)Partnership in practice research: a Norwegian ExperienceSocial Work and Society (Europe), Vol. 9 , issue 1 (urn:nbn:de:0009-11-29253)