Developing a financial framework for academic service partnerships: Models of the United States and Europe

Sabina De Geest, Eileen M. Sullivan Marx, Victoria Rich, Elisabeth Spichiger, Rene Schwendimann, Rebecca Spirig, Greet Van Malderen

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Purpose: Academic service partnerships (ASPs) are structured linkages between academe and service which have demonstrated higher levels of innovation. In the absence of descriptions in the literature on financial frameworks to support ASPs, the purpose of this paper is to present the supporting financial frameworks of a Swiss and a U.S. ASP. Methods: This paper used a case study approach. Results: Two frameworks are presented. The U.S. model presented consists of a variety of ASPs, all linked to the School of Nursing of the University of Pennsylvania. The structural integration and governance system is elucidated. Each ASP has its own source of revenue or grant support with the goal to be fiscally in the black. Joint appointments are used as an instrument to realize these ASPs. The Swiss ASP entails a detailed description of the financial framework of one ASP between the Institute of Nursing Science at the University of Basel and the Inselspital Bern University Hospital. Balance in the partnership, in terms of both benefit and cost between both partners, was a main principle that guided the development of the financial framework and the translation of the ASP in budgetary terms. The model builds on a number of assumptions and provides the partnership management within a simple framework for monitoring and evaluation of the progress of the partnership. Conclusions: In operationalizing an ASP, careful budgetary planning should be an integral part of the preparation and evaluation of the collaboration. The proposed Swiss and U.S. financial frameworks allow doing so. Clinical Relevance: Outcomes of care can be improved with strong nursing service and academic partnerships. Sustaining such partnerships requires attention to financial and contractual arrangements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-304
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Academic-service partnerships
  • Budget
  • Faculty practice
  • Management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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