Evaluating Your Partnership

Collaborative partnerships are very important for planning, implementing and evaluating an intervention successfully. Suggestions for creating a strong partnership are provided in the Partnership component, and an assessment of the readiness of the partnership to begin planning an intervention is included in the Show Me Am I Ready assessment in the Readiness component. This section provides suggestions for evaluating the effectiveness of the partnership in planning, implementing and evaluating your intervention. Some or all of the information may then become part of the overall intervention evaluation.

evaluationFollowing are some suggestions for evaluating your partnership:

1.  Decide what evaluation questions you want to answer through a partnership evaluation. Examples might include:

  • What about our partnership works well?
  • What about our partnership has not worked well?
  • How does our partnership resolve conflict?
  • How can we make the partnership work better?
  • How active are members in planning, implementing and evaluating the intervention? Do we tend to rely on just a few members to do the work?
  • Are we accomplishing our tasks on time? If not, why?  
  • Does the partnership involve members of the priority population in planning, implementing and evaluating the intervention?
  • Do we have sufficient resources for our intervention? Do partners contribute financial resources for the intervention in addition to time, expertise, and other in-kind contributions?
  • What role did the partnership play in achieving (or not achieving) the intervention outcomes?
  1. Decide how the information will be gathered and by whom. Some possible methods include:
    • Event log – May be used to keep track of all the partnership activities and actions. An event log can be utilized to compile what decisions are made in partnership meetings as well as who is involved in the planning and execution of intervention activities. The event log can compliment an intervention activity log by showing direct involvement of the partnership with the intervention. They can tell you who is contributing and what is being done.

    • Key informant interviews - May be conducted with members of your partnership. Information gathered in your interviews may help you understand the partnership’s relationship with the priority population and how it may have impacted the outcomes of the intervention.

    • Surveys – May help you identify changes taking place in the community that may impact your intervention. Additionally, surveys can provide information about members’ satisfaction with intervention and partnership activities. This information may be used to help explain the outcomes of the intervention.

  2. Decide as a group how this information will be used. The partnership evaluation can inform and promote change in the following four areas:
    • Organizational planning - Activities that strengthen the internal structure of the partnership such as team building activities or revisiting the partnership mission and vision.
    • Program actions - Actions that promote or contribute to the intervention goals and objectives such as a partnership organization donating a facility in which to implement an intervention.
    • Community outcomes - Any action that contributes to the success of the intervention in achieving intended outcomes such as an influential partnership member meeting with community leaders to promote a policy change.
    • Program/Partnership sustainability - Any action that helps to maintain or prolong the partnership and program activities such as members volunteering to write a grant proposal for funding to continue an intervention.

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