What Is Partnering?

Partnering was first used by ADOT in 1991. Through the years, the value of partnering has been shown in the dramatic reduction of claims and litigation. Relationships are focused on common goals and are no longer adversarial. Partnering has resulted in projects being delivered on time and under budget and ensuring public and community acceptance. Innovative construction and delivery methods are another result of using partnering.

Partnering is the way ADOT does business.

Partnering is defined as a formal process of collaborative teamwork that allows groups to achieve measurable results through agreements and productive working relationships. The partnering process provides structure for teams to establish a mission based on common goals and shared objectives. Partnering produces tangible deliverables which help teams overcome the challenges experienced by groups composed of representatives from a variety of organizations who share a common objective, yet often have different missions. These items are often developed at a partnering workshop and include:

  • Charter (mission, goals, and guidelines)
  • Issue resolution agreements
  • Evaluation and measurement processes
  • Contact information
  • Action plan
  • Follow-up strategies

The Partnering Office provides facilitators, support and training for three types of partnerships: project, public and internal.

Project Partnerships

Project partnerships are those among and between public and private entities (e.g., between a department of transportation and a contractor) governed by a buyer-seller contract.

Public Partnerships

Public partnerships are among and between departments of transportation; other state, local and federal agencies; and nongovernmental stakeholders. View the list of Public Partnerships and related documents.

Internal Partnerships

Internal partnerships are among and between members and work units of the same organization.

Partnering 101: A Guide to the Basics of Partnering with ADOT