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Partnership Criteria

Anyone can share partnership ideas or interests with OP3 through email, phone, events, or at meetings. OP3 reviews the proposed partnerships along with appropriate staff to answer these three questions:

  1. Does it address a Fairfax County priority or help meet an identified community need?
  2. Are there shared interests and mutual benefits for public and private sector partners?
  3. Is it likely to leverage new resources, expand capacity, or reduce costs?

If the answer is yes for these three criteria, OP3 staff facilitates planning discussions to determine the scope, roles, outcomes, and most importantly, calculate the projected Return on Investment (ROI). The partnership agreement is then signed by all partners. Once the initiative is underway, contributions of all partner organizations are recognized and promoted.

Partnership Development Model
12 Phases of the Partnering Process OP3 follows recognized best practices to develop sustainable effective partnerships. Use the 12 Phases of the Partnering Process by Ros Tennyson as a guide to developing a partnership.


Here is a list of partnership resources for information on how to utilize tools for developing a partnership.

  • The Partnering Toolbook by Ros Tennyson in cooperation with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF).
  • The Partnership Toolbox by Rod Sterne, Deborah Heaney and Bruce Britton with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
  • White House - Building Best Practices Guide - Community Partnerships Interagency Policy Committee



Current Partnerships
Get information on OP3's established partnerships and how they have influenced the Fairfax community.

Contact Us
If you have any questions regarding partnership criteria, please email us.