Evaluation of the collaboration process and its outcomes is essential for partners, including funders, to make the changes that are necessary to journey through the collaboration cycle and achieve shared goals. Evaluating the performance and outcomes of a collaboration is different from evaluating a program or organization. Evaluators of collaborations should be well-versed and experienced in the collaboration process and the critical success factors. 

How the evaluation is conducted and what gets evaluated depends on the stage of the collaboration cycle. But within each stage there are common elements that can be evaluated:

  • Interactions: How well do independent stakeholders interact with one another?
  • Health: How healthy is the collaboration, in terms of resources (time and money); shared vision; pace of progress; and number, stability and level of engagement of partners?
  • Results: Is the collaboration demonstrating effective execution of critical functions, as well as interim and long-term progress toward its goals?



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