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What is the Devon Strategic Partnership (DSP)?

The DSP is a Local Strategic Partnership covering issues across Devon. The
Government believes that a Local Strategic Partnership is the most effective
way of preparing a sustainable community strategy for an area, based on the
evidenced needs and the aspirations of the people who live there. It should
also hold the vision for the area.

The purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Devon by
ensuring the work of all agencies and groups has the needs of local people at
its core.

Strategic Partnership does not mean working together when that does not add
value. It means knowing who is best placed to address an issue and ensuring
that their actions are coherent. In that way it will improve outcomes for local

(The analogy of a dry stone wall where differently shaped stones are strongly
bound together without mortar has come to symbolise a partnership where the
strength lies in valuing the contributions of all.)