This advice from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister explains the merits of incremental partnering, in contrast to the large and complex strategic service delivery partnership deals adopted by a few large councils. Studies of incremental partnerships by the ODPM show that they have a low risk stage-by-stage approach, allowing confidence in the partnerships to be built up before moving to the next level. This is the normal way, individuals and organisations, relate to each other and it has many attractions to both local government and the private sector.Incremental partnering might be of interest to large, medium or small councils or clusters of councils working jointly together. It involves working with a strategic partner or partners but without, initially, a long-term commitment to a partnership covering a range of core activities. Instead, it allows the council to build up confidence with a supplier partner to work with them to develop a stage-by-stage approach to process re-engineering their activities. The challenge of incremental partnering is to provide the basis for a long-term commitment without the all-inclusive contracts that characterise some of the big strategic partnering in local government in the UK.
The advice is available at: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_localgov/documents/page/odpm _locgov_026962.doc