Evaluating Partnerships

How and why to evaluate your partnership?

It is often assumed that working in partnership will provide better, more joined-up and more cost-effective services for communities, but organisations tell us how challenging it is to show that working together is better than working individually.

At ESS we have been exploring how to evaluate partnership working.  We think this will help organisations to:

  • learning how to improve a partnership
  • to prove the benefits when applying for funding
  • to get feedback on partner’s contributions 
  • proving to others you know how to work in partnership
  • avoiding pitfalls in future partnerships.

Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts

We have developed a tool, Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? to support third sector organisations to understand and decide what to measure in order to show the difference their partnership has made.

We think this resource is of interest to those currently working in partnership or considering it.

Other related resources

  • Third Sector Partnership Compass (2016)

    This evidence paper by Evaluation Support Scotland and The Robertson Trust with the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum brings together evidence of what research tells us engaging in positive partnership

If you’re looking for some support in evaluating your partnership, please contact us.