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.
Accessing the Method/Tool
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.
Conditions for Use
Evaluation and Measurement Characteristics
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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.
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