Partnership Types

This matrix can be used to assess the level of partnership engagement for any project partner. Work down through the list in the left hand column, then mark a 0 in the N column, depending on whether the partner would or would not contribute this. A Yes indicates a contribution of some kind, and will be reflected in the numbers of the next columns. Then score in the L/M/H columns (low, medium, high) the level to which this partner might be able to contribute. The final score will indicate the level of partnership commitment which would be available to the partnership. Partnership Contribution 1. offer interest and expertise to the project 2. communicate about the project to third parties and potential stakeholders 3. contribute access to target groups as project beneficiaries 4. participate in strategic decision making 5. participate in decisions about project implementation and project activity delivery 6. deliver activity directly to beneficiaries 7. contribute resource to any of the project activities or project management (provide inkind funding) 8. receive project dedicated money for participation at any level of the project (receive portions of project grant) 9. spend time to contribute to decision making or to deliver project activity N
0

L
1-3

M
4-6

H
7-9

Reasons for Partnership Agreement # #

* * * * * *
#

There may be issues of data protection, vulnerable people protection and permissions to work with some beneficiaries There may be issues of permission (delegated powers from Trustees or other managers) to make decisions on behalf of organisations There may be issues about permissions to make implementation decisions There may be issues about organisational and legal permissions as well as professional qualifications to conduct activities There may be issues of organisational permission to divert/allocate resource to a project ‘additional’ to an organisation’s work There may be issues of accountability structures, the capacity to manage money, levels of money able to be received by organisations

10. engage in project management (administration, monitoring, evaluation, reporting) 11. act as lead partner, working as project coordinator 12. act as lead partner, working as project bank

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There may be issues of organisational permission to divert/allocate resource to a project ‘additional’ to an organisation’s work There may be issues of organisational permission to divert/allocate resource to a significant project ‘additional’ to an organisation’s work There may be issues of accountability structures, the capacity to manage money, levels of money able to be received by organisations, levels of agreed organisational risk

Column Totals Final Partnership Score Agreement Needed? Y N

# Any partnership contribution with a hatch indicates the need for a clear partnership document of understanding; if the partnership contribution also carries and asterisk, these understandings will be included in the partnership agreement

* Any partnership contribution with an asterisk indicates the need for a clear partnership agreement, appropriate to the level of
commitment and decision making within the partner organisation

Elizabeth Gray-King Gray-King & Gray Ltd 2009

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