The informing choices' Partnership Assessment Tool is an Excel based tool that helps guide Partnership Practitioners through a process to minimise the risks to their partnership ideas and maximise the chances of success.
We feel that it is important that an assessment is made of the potential for a partnership idea to become a practical reality. There are three connected reasons for this:
To help make your assessment of the potential for a partnership idea to become a reality, this tool poses a series of questions for you to consider. The questions have been grouped into three themes:
- to build a greater understanding of how likely it is that a partnership will progress to the next phase,
- so that we can invest resources in those partnership ideas that have the best chance of proceeding, and
- ensure that we quickly and transparently communicate our intentions to proceed or not to the other parties.
- The idea behind the partnership,
- The individual(s) involved in the partnership, and
- The organisation(s) involved in the partnership.
Here is an overview of the issues to consider on each theme.
Our experience of assessing the basic ideas that lie behind a partnership is that it can be a highly iterative process.
Our view is that any assessment of an individual involved in a partnership is a highly subjective process and that we would recommend that multiple perspectives are gained to provide a more rounded assessment. Like all the work we conduct in the partnering process, we would expect that any assessment of an individual could be shared with the other party.
We see the final aspect of assessing a partnership as the assessment of the various organisations that are involved in the partnership opportunity. Similar to the assessment of the idea and the individual, we see this process being highly subjective and iterative and again recommend that multiple perspectives be gained to provide a more rounded assessment.