Identify and assess risks before you start collaborating. Directors are responsible for ensuring that this is done at a level appropriate to the nature and scope of the proposed cooperation. Determines what information is shared, how, when, and with whom. ISAs are created when we need to share sensitive data with other organizations and describe in detail all the necessary security requirements. NCVO members can download a checklist of joint working arrangements that will guide you through the questions you should ask and the areas you should cover. We have also reached a framework agreement with the Ministry of Health. If you intend your agreement to be legally binding, then it is – and it will almost certainly be subject to contract law. Organizations need to decide together at the beginning of their partnership whether an agreement should be legally binding, so it`s a good idea to seek legal advice at this point. Partners need to understand the scope of the commitments they make in a legally binding agreement. The agreement should be a living document. Set appointments to assess how much this reflects how the partners want to work together and how well the relationship is going. Each partner must have a copy of the final agreement and any subsequent updated versions.

It is good practice to define roles and responsibilities, as well as the boundaries that separate your work together from the day-to-day operations of each partner. Discussing what fits into the agreement is a great way for partners to build their relationship and develop “ownership” of collaborative work.