How to…broker a successful academic partnership

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How to…broker a successful academic partnership

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By Lesley Patrick, Culture Forum North


Are you interested in working with academics to create new knowledge and amplify understanding? This guide by Culture Forum North helps you consider the potential benefits of research partnerships with academics and suggests how to initiate and develop these relationships.

Based on interviews with practitioners and academics, it sets out the core pillars for success and also identifies the five phases that make up the initiation, development and delivery of a partnership.

Considering motive: Relevant to organisational objectives
Finding a partner: Using networks and contacts
Developing a relationship: Through conversation and courtship
Preparing the ground: With clear audiences, creative models and resources
Appreciating legacy: Long-term impact beyond project outcomes


Published: 2020
Resource type: Guide/tools