Partnership development tools

A Summary of

Tennyson, R. (2011). The Partnering Toolbook: An Essential Guide to Cross-Sector Partnering. London, UK: The Partnering Initiative.

Relevance for Public Health

This suite of tools can be used in a step-wise manner to plan, implement, review and sustain partnerships. Developed for sustainable development intiatives, the resource provides useful strategies for inter-sectoral partnerships.


Created by the Partnering Initiative, The Partnering Toolbook contains seven tools to develop, sustain and assess inter-sectoral partnerships. This easy-to-use guide includes helpful strategies, flowcharts and tips for working with other agencies to build and maintain partnerships, along with partnership development tools.

The seven tools include:

  • Partner Assessment Form;
  • Stakeholder Mapping;
  • Partnering Agreement (sample);
  • Partnering Roles and Skills Questionnaire;
  • Guidelines for Partnering Conversations;
  • Partnership Review Template;
  • Case Study Template;
  • Communications Checklist.

The document includes a variety of other resources to help with partnerships, including transitioning and ending partnerships, which are available from the Partnering Initiative at Toolbook Series.

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Implementing the Method/Tool

Time for Participation/Completion

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Additional Resources and/or Skills Needed for Implementation


Steps for Using Method/Tool

Steps in partnering include:

1. Building Partnerships

  • scope a partnership
  • identify partners
  • assess risks and benefits for each partner
  • map resources from each partner for partnership

2. Partnering Agreements

  • secure partner commitment
  • use interest-based negotiation
  • examine governance and accountability

3. Managing the Partnering Process

  • determine partnering roles
  • identify partners as leaders
  • use partnership skills
  • use good partnering practice

4. Delivering Successful Projects

  • manage the transition
  • keep task-focused
  • report, review and revise

5. Sustaining Partnerships

  • plan for sustainability
  • secure greater engagement from partners
  • build institutional capacity

6. Successful Partnering

  • define success of partnership
  • share good experiences

Who is involved

Anyone interested in building and reviewing partnership efforts would find this tool helpful.

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Method/Tool Development


Ros Tennyson

Method of Development

This resource, The Partnering Toolbook, was developed by the Partnering Initiative, a programme of the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF). The document draws on material from earlier publications and IBLF's work in inter-sectoral partnerships across the public and business sectors and civil society in sustainable development.

Release Date


Contact Person/Source

Ros Tennyson
The Partnering Initiative
International Business Leaders Forum
15-16 Cornwall Terrace
London, UK

These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.


Title of Primary Resource The Partnering Toolbook: An Essential Guide to Cross-Sector Partnering
File Attachment None
Reference Tennyson, R. (2011). The Partnering Toolbook: An Essential Guide to Cross-Sector Partnering. London, UK: The Partnering Initiative.
Type of Material Workbook
Format The guide and tools are free and available as a PDF. To download the PDF, register for the website and login (registration is free). In a separate window, you are able to access the guide.
Cost to Access None.
Language English
Conditions for Use Copyright © 2003-2011 The Partnering Initiative (IBLF)

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