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Tips for Fruitful Community-University Partnerships and Research (2017)

By Garrett Davidson and Jill Clark

Common knowledge suggests that the partnership between two people or organizations should be mutually beneficial. Collaboration promotes synergy by filling the gaps of each partner, whether it be through opportunity, knowledge, skills, resources, etc., to tackle mutually-held issues and/or accomplish goals. The development of this kind of relationship between communities and universities is of increasing interest to many organizations. That being said, historically relationships between “town” and “gown” have been tension-filled at best and, at worst, detrimental the community. This document provides a list to of considerations for university researchers who seek partnerships in a community.