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Course description: 
Many of the challenges the cancer community must tackle are so complex, or at such scale, that individual organisations or even individual societal sectors cannot hope to tackle them alone.

For complex issues, it is only through an ‘all of society’ approach, bringing together the different competencies and resources, social capital and reach of all societal sectors, that many issues can be tackled. Even with simpler issues, collaboration can be essential to achieve the necessary scale or to overcome obstacles. However, effective collaboration between organisations with different incentives, approaches, missions, interests and cultures is difficult. It requires a collaborative mind set, an understanding of how different sectors think and operate, a key partnering skill set, and technical understanding of the process and challenges of partnership. With these critical elements in place, partnerships can achieve real impact. Without them, partnerships are likely to under-perform or fail altogether.

This course will explore cross-sector partnering skills, concepts, and processes within the context of the fight against cancer. 

Course objectives:
After completion of this course participants will be able to:
1. Appreciate the drivers to collaboration and understand partnering, health, and the development landscape – Why is partnering important? What are the trends in partnership?
2. Understand partnering with the private sector: What is the role of the private sector in health systems strengthening and what is the role of public-private partnership in cancer control? How do we work together effectively? 
3. Appreciate working at scale and the benefits and challenges of working in consortium.
4. Learn how to manage partnerships: What are the challenges? How do we maximise value?
5. Assess if their organisation is fit for partnering through identifying four building blocks: Leadership, Systems and processes, Skills and guidance, and a Partnering culture.
6. Access practical examples of what works – including prevention, early detection, and survivorship through channels such as workplace health initiatives; product and service innovation, and awareness and behaviour change campaigns.

Target audience: 
The course is for practitioners from all sectors who wish to make their collaborations more effective. It is an intermediate course and assumes some prior partnership training or job based learning. It is suitable for those working in international, national, or local partnerships.

Course leaders:
Ruth Findlay Brooks, Director of Research and Learning, The Partnering Initiative, UK
Liv Raphael, Senior Programme Manager, The Partnering Initiative, UK
Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative, UK

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Module 3
Evaluation and Certificate
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