Partnership Assessment Tool

Cooperative capacity is the ability of a group to cooperate internally and with partners.  Take our assessment today to measure your and your potential partner’s cooperative capacity.

What is the Partnership Assessment Tool?

A free online self-assessment with optional support from Cooperative Capacity Partners.

Who is this Partnership Assessment Tool for?

This assessment is for managers that need to partner with other organizations to meet their mission and vision.

Why use the Partnership Assessment Tool?

Even after assessing technical and financial capacity, managers considering a partnership typically still find it risky because of difficulty in
assessing how the partners will actually work together.

  • Does each potential partner have the management capacity to collaborate in the partnership?
  • Will my proposed partners respect my autonomy, vision and mission?
  • How will information flow within the partnership? Will my organization be listened to?
  • How will decision making be made after the partnership is formed? Will my organization be included in a meaningful way?
  • Will the proposed partners follow through on decisions made?

This assessment will help managers pursuing partnership arrangements to analyze, anticipate, and plan for behaviors of potential partners.

How does the Partnership Assessment Tool benefit my company?

At the end of the assessment, you will likely be able to:

  • Estimate the performance of the partners and the potential performance of the partnership
  • Estimate the potential highest level of collaboration of the partnership, including
    • Who and how decisions can be made in the partnership (for example, will decisions be made by only one partner? Or is there the potential for the partnership to become more collaborative and share decision making?)
    • The ability of each partner to delegate and share responsibility
    • The potential direction and flow of information within the partnership (will information flow at all, only one direction, or two ways?)
    • The implications the power differential between the partners will have on sharing power, making decisions, and the flow of information
  • Understand how each of the partner organizations makes decisions (the level of decision making)
  • Understand how information flows within each of the partner organizations (does information only flow down, or both up and down, or in every direction as necessary?)

How long will the Partnership Assessment take?

  1. Introduction – 5 minutes
  2. Assess yourself as a partner – 15 minutes
  3. Assess one of your potential partners – 15 minutes
  4. Read results – 10 minutes