Evaluating networks, partnerships, collaborations, coalitions - what's the difference?

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Evaluating networks, partnerships, collaborations, coalitions - what's the difference?
One of the recurring questions in this area is what are seen as the differences between networks and partnerships - and what are the implications for evaluation? At the EES conference we'll be looking out for the different ways these terms are distinguished and the different strategies used for evaluation. Patricia Rogers
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One way of distinguishing between networks and partnerships

One way that networks and partnerships can be distinguished is in terms of formality and duration of the relationships.  This is how the Australian government Stronger Families and Communities Strategy defined them:

 

Network: A group of people with a common interest who interact and cooperate with each other for mutual assistance or support in relation to that common interest.
Partnership: A relationship between organisations or groups that is characterised by mutual co-operation and responsibility to achieve a common goal, with the involvement of all parties to the partnership (the partners). It can be formal, semi-formal, or informal. Partnerships can involve a variety of different actions by the partners, including: Joint funding; pooling of resources; consultation and agreement to work together; in kind support e.g. provision of premises, staff and other resources.
 
Even more useful was to identify the type of relationship :Communication; Cooperation; Coordination; Collaboration.
 
Our issues paper discussing these ideas is available to download here.

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