Evaluating your partnership allows you to be sure that what you are doing is working the way you intended and that your partnership is as effective as possible. Meaningful evaluation should increase the effectiveness of the partnership’s process as well as enhance the outcomes of the partnership’s work.¹
Tools included here provide some assessments to help you understand how you might work together better. Evaluating your partnership’s objectives, activities, processes, and unanticipated events is also important. Step eight of Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide (pp. 24-25) provides more detail about evaluating your partnership’s efforts.
Measuring effectiveness when so many partners are involved can seem challenging.² The key is to stay focused on clear, shared goals and the commitment to a collaborative relationship. Using reflective practices such as After Action Review, and What, So What, Now What? can help create “feedback-rich” environments that strengthen partnerships’ capacity for learning, change, and improvement.
1. Sonali S. Balajee, et al. Equity and Empowerment Lens (Racial Justice Focus). In. Portland, OR: Multnomah County; 2012.
2. Jeff Raikes, Tom Tierney, Schorr L. Funding for Impact: How to Know When Your Giving is Getting Results webinar. In: SSIR Live! webinar series, retrieved from http://www.ssireview.org/webinars; Dec. 10, 2013.