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Community and Economic Development

Community and Economic Development

General

How to Develop a Memorandum of Understanding

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a document that describes an agreement between two organizations that outlines planned actions. An MOU is used when planning a long range project that requires an agreed action plan. The MOU should serve as a guideline in completing a project between two organizations.

An MOU can either be generated by the organization that will complete work or can be generated by the organization that is requesting work.

The MOU is considered an informal agreement between the two organizations and therefore, not legally binding. The two parties may want to state in the MOU document that the agreement is not legally binding. You may also consider having the MOU reviewed by key leaders of each organization to make certain that there is no conflict of interest.

An MOU should be developed only after both organizations have communicated needs and plans for the project. The MOU serves as a final agreement based on those discussions.

An MOU usually includes the following:

  1. Identification of both organizations and lead principals of both organizations (name and contact information).
  2. Purpose of the project that is to be completed
  3. Procedures for implementing the project
  4. Timelines in which the project is to be completed
  5. Resources, if needed, to complete the project.
  6. A statement allowing for adjustments or additions to the MOU.
  7. Any disclaimers that should be considered as part of completing the project.
  8. Signed agreement of both principal leaders of each partnering organization

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Community and Leadership University of Missouri Extension has a website dedicated to community and economic development with various modules such as: diversity and inclusion, economic viability, leadership development, organizational development, planning and public policy http://extension.missouri.edu

SAMPLE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU)

Partnership Agreement with University of Illinois Extension and Local Family Services
February 6, 2003

University of Illinois Extension has agreed to partner with Local Family Services (LFS) to create financial literacy curricula. These curricula will be used as part of Local Family Services Community Centered Financial Education Program. The guidelines for the implementation of this project are outlined in the Project Proposal. This MOU can be revised upon the agreement of both parties. In summary, the goals for this project partnership are as follows:

Extension will:

  1. Assist LFS in the development of a community needs assessment
  2. Participate in focus group sessions conducted by LFS
  3. Identify specific curricula to be developed
  4. Develop curricula as agreed by both Extension and LFS
  5. Format and produce curricula materials
  6. Provide direction for measuring impact of financial education using the developed curricula
  7. Conduct counselor/educator training on the develop curricula

Local Family Services (LFS) will:

  1. Conduct needs assessments and focus session with staff and clients regarding financial education
  2. Work with Extension in identifying appropriate curricula for targeted clients
  3. Review and provide input in the process of developing curricula
  4. Conduct evaluative activities to study impact of financial education classes
  5. Attend training sessions on how to facilitate the completed curricula
  6. Provide Extension with reports identifying number of attendees and noted impacts

Planned Timeline:
The estimated length of completing this project is 12 months:

Phase I: Planning and Resource Development to be completed by January 1, 2003
Phase II: Domestic Violence Curriculum final draft completion March 30, 2003
Financial Literacy for Youth final draft completion June 30, 2003
Financial Literacy for seniors final draft completion September 30, 2003

Phase III: Completion of Domestic Violence Curriculum by June 1, 2003
Completion of Financial Literacy for Youth September 30, 2003
Completion of Financial Literacy for Seniors December 1, 2003

Allocation of Funding
The attached budget details expenses incurred for the implementation of this project.

Agreement Signatures

_______________________________ _______________________________
University of Illinois Extension Local Family Services
Date: __________________________ Date: __________________________