To the extent that trusting relationships are the bedrock of research-practice partnerships, the individuals who constitute the partner teams are pivotal to a partnership’s success. Across the board, whether on the research or practice side, partnership staff must have an aptitude for and strong inclination toward collaboration and communication.

Partners need the ability to negotiate and articulate problems of practice, tailor communications to distinct audiences, and adapt to changing circumstances. Beyond these essential qualities, RPP staff need to be able to manage, conduct, and communicate research that is relationship-dependent and contextualized to local needs. Technical and analytical skills, that is, are often as important as an ability to share ownership and remain flexible.

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