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4. Identify Partners and Resources

Leverage proven institutional (and off-campus) resources and expertise whenever possible. The right partner provides:

  • complementary expertise (e.g. service learning, diversity, K-12 pedagogy)
  • stakeholder access
  • participant recruiting and assessment mechanisms
  • dissemination avenues
  • potential for sustainability

What do partners need from you?

  • Evidence you have done your homework and know their mission and key initiatives
  • A project elevator pitch (including identified gap) so they understand your focus
  • Time to integrate with your team...last minute requests do not work!
  • A win-win idea rather than one-sided benefits
  • A realistic budget
  • Instructions and templates for contributing text and documents

What do you need from partners?

  • Ideas for initiatives that can help address your identified gap
  • Help strategizing for activity timeline
  • Timely response to document/strategy development
  • Description of their facilities, equipment, and resources that will be available to your project
  • Detailed budget numbers
  • Access to participant recruiting and assessment mechanisms
  • Institutional permission, if necessary

How do you locate a potential partner?

  • Familiarize yourself first with department and college-level resources
  • Network to learn about cross-campus and external programs
  • Review links below as sample internal and external programs

Sample Purdue Campus Programs

Sample External Partners

Sample partners Girls who code First Indiana State Museum Imagination Station The GLOBE Program Science on Tap Purdue University Global


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