It's easy in hindsight to make sweeping statements about why things went wrong or even why your partnership venture worked as well as it did. But can you put your finger on what precisely led to the eventual outcome? If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
Forget hindsight. Let's talk about the venture you're about to step into. Can you build an evaluation process into your partnership so that you can keep the partnership on track and collect data to give you a clear insight into the real success or failure of your partnership.
Below is an example of an evaluation plan based on the following questions:
- How well did we achieve our purpose as a partnership?
- Was there a need for a partnership collaboration - could we have done this ourselves?
- How did our relationships with our partners change over the course of the venture?
- How well did we engage our partners in the partnership venture?
- What did we learn about our partners - culture, expertise, practices?
Partnership Evaluation Example
|Question||What we will measure||How we will measure||When we will measure||Comments/update|
|How well did we achieve our purpose as a partnership?|
Client/ stakeholder awareness of partnership
Achievement of partnership objectives
Interviews with clients and stakeholders
Indicators – inputs and outputs
|May benefit from engaging an external analyst|
Was there a need for a partnership collaboration – could we have done this ourselves?
Partnership activities v our core activities / projections without a partnership
Skills and knowledge developed via partner expertise
List of Activities achieved mapped to our
Internal Skills Matrix – gap analysis
Interviews with staff
Agreed evaluation points eg 12 months, 18 months, 3 years
Resources Matrix – at the start v resources used in the venture (skills, networks etc)
How did our relationships with our partners change over the course of the venture?
|Perceived changes to relationships between the partners|
Network/ Collaboration chart (mind map with varying lines between partners)
Periodic review of Foundations matrix
|Determined point eg every 90 days, annually|
How well did we engage our partners in the venture?
Partner engagement in activities
Meetings – minutes
Who did what?
Review of progress – reflection against partnership plans
|90 days, annually|
What did we learn about our partners – culture, expertise, practices?
Ongoing – internal reports (verbal and written)
|Subjective but helps with risk management|
Prepare an evaluation plan using the questions you want to evaluate using the template attached?