New Tools For Optimizing Engagement with Partners

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The California Department of Parks and Recreation is very fortunate to have numerous partners who help advance its mission. As part of the Transformation effort, the Partnerships Committee (Committee) produced a comprehensive “Findings and Recommendations” (FAR) document. The FAR articulated the following vision for engaging with partners:


Now, appropriate elements of the FAR are being adopted as policy in the form of a new chapter in the Department Operations Manual (DOM).

Based on principles set forth in the FAR, the Committee also developed a draft “Tool Kit” to serve as an easy-to-use guide for practitioners on developing and managing partnerships. The department’s new Partnerships Office is in the process of developing a final version of the Tool Kit, and will be responsible for revising the document as needed.

What’s next for the Partnerships Committee? The team is in the process of developing recommendations for improving how to design and manage operating and co-management agreements. As part of this process, retired annuitant Nina Gordon has been conducting interviews with department staff and representatives of organizations who have experience operating our parks.

We believe optimizing the department’s engagement with partners of all types – from cooperating associations, concessionaires, statewide nonprofits, academic institutions, and other public agencies – will advance and enhance the experience of park visitors, the management of natural and cultural resources, and the relevance of parks to all Californians.


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