Step 4: Evaluating activities and interactions between partners
Each partner must have an overall understanding and unhindered view of the action being carried out, as well as its objectives, management and future. Performance assessment allows you to ensure that the services provided are in line with the principles of the partnership agreement and that partners are on the right track. Noting both the successes and failures of the partnership enables all partners to learn from the experience, capitalize on it and improve their practices.
However, evaluation demands time and resources – both human and financial – as well as technical know-how and a capacity for synthesis and analysis.
Evaluation of the partnership may focus on the:
- relevance of the activities planned to objectives;
- direct and indirect benefits gained from the activities carried out;
- effectiveness of the methods of communication used;
- objectives attained compared with forecasted objectives;
- advancement of activities;
- appropriateness of methods, processes and strategies to other zones and projects.
In addition to examining what the partnership has achieved, you can also consider its effectiveness. It is important for each partner to be satisfied with the processes implemented. During this evaluation, you must take into account any revisions, renewals or terminations that may have occurred.
You can also evaluate the relationships within a partnership to look at the balance of power, influence and role of the stakeholders. This analysis allows you to assess the impact of each participant.
In the four steps of the process, we have examined what partnerships are and how to establish them. Nevertheless, there is no single "right" approach. Therefore, it is vital that you put your networks and resources to use to learn of other experiences and share your own.
For further information:
The partnering process (Intergovernmental Committee information document)
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