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Performance Partnerships

What is a Performance Partnership?

A Performance Partnership is a partnership organized around a specific, measurable result. The model was developed in the 90's that has produced a variety of measurable results in areas from reducing child abuse and teen pregnancy to salmon restoration and bay cleanup. The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) has used this particular approach to partner with each professional group with which it works. A results-based accountability facilitator takes each group through a series of steps to determine a baseline, a target, multiple strategies, and an impact measurement plan. The method lets groups focus on results, minimizes turf battling, and allows for myriad low-cost and no-cost strategies.

To learn more about how to implement a cessation partnership contact csaucedo@medicine.ucsf.edu

What is the Partnership Model?

The model requires assembling a group of partners all interested in attacking the same issue. The model asks four questions:

  • Where are we now? (baseline).
    • A jumping-off point against which to measure progress
  • Where do we want to be? (target)
    • Agreement on a single measurable outcome
    • Agreement on the what rather than the how
  • How will we get there? (multiple strategies)
    • No one party owns the answer to "How will we know we are getting there?"
    • Allow a wide array of strategies-even competing strategies- to be used by the various partners
    • Consider low-cost and no-cost strategies
  • How will we know we are getting there? (measures)
    • Devise a measurement strategy that includes both process and outcome measures. If measures are moving in the wrong direction, regroup and rethink strategies
  • How does it differ from other partnerships?
  • Loose governance structure
  • Emphasizes cross-sector initiatives
  • Circumvents hierarchy/no turf battles
  • No one party owns the direction
  • Encourages self-organizing efforts
  • Focus is on a measurable result tied to a vision
  • Data not just used to measure progress but also as a motivator
  • Focus is on a better use of existing resources (money, time, people)

Examples of State and County Performance Partnerships

  • Washington Quits!- A first-of-its-kind tobacco cessation summit held in Seattle on January 8, 2008. The summit brought in a diverse group of state leaders to hammer out a new plan to help businesses help their employees quit smoking. [Click to view video]
  • L.A. Quits! - Los Angeles County has joined with more than 75 organizations representing public health, doctors, nurses, dentists, health care providers, pharmaceutical companies and retail outlets—all in the effort to help Angelenos quit smoking. Learn about their latest activities at www.laquits.org.
  • Indiana State Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative - Participants at the Summit identified a list of strategies to increase cessation in Indiana with an emphasis on advocacy, policy and cessation systems change. The areas of focus were employers, health care providers, policy makers, and community educators.
    [Click to view Video]
  • SAMHSA sponsored sevenState Leadership Academies for Wellness and Smoking Cessation: New York, Arizona, Oklahoma, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas and Arkansas - Click here for more information.

Click here for an article on the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center's experience with the Performance Partnership Model - "Applying the Performance Partnership Model to Smoking Cessation: Lessons Learned by the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center" by Revell CC, Meriwether, MB. Health Promotion Practice, November 2011 Vol. 12, Suppl. 2, 125S– 129S

[Download presentation on Performance Partnerships] powerpoint presentation for more information.

Call 415.502.4175 or e-mail csaucedo@medicine.ucsf.edu for more information on implementing your own summit.