Multiparty agreements (e.g., interagency agreements, memoranda of agreement, memoranda of understanding) can be a valuable way to bring multiple organizations together to address a common issue, serve a common client base, or otherwise develop a more efficient and effective way to work together. This section will help you plan the development of your multiparty agreement. It poses important considerations and questions designed to help make key decisions, design effective strategies, and identify next steps in a comprehensive action plan to develop a multiparty agreement.
This section of the Policy Action Guide will walk you through the key aspects of a multiparty agreement initiative, including:
Reminder: As you proceed, keep in mind your initial policy objectives and how they apply to an initiative to develop a multiparty agreement.
Carefully thinking through the considerations in each of the preceding sections can help your policy team systematically plan and set the groundwork for a successful multiparty agreement. If you have not done so already, download a copy of the Action Plan Form (PDF - 1.32 MB) for multiparty agreements and complete the fields to create your own tailored plan.
As you proceed with your multiparty agreement initiative, remember that there is not a one-size-fits-all policy process. You should remain flexible in your approach, which will better enable you and your partners to work within an ever-changing social and political environment. Additionally, keep in mind that policy development is only one component in a comprehensive change process and needs to be implemented in conjunction with supportive infrastructure elements. Above all, though, remember the ultimate underlying goal in your policy efforts: improving the lives of children and families.