The Remote Partnering Work Book

Working in partnership is central to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and a very high percentage of partnerships linked to the SDG are remote partnerships. The Remote Partnering Project was created to explore and build capacity for effective long distance partnering. The workbook is presented as a useful starting point for considering how remote partnering can become the prompt for better (more inclusive, more transparent, more transformative) partnering approaches and practices.

This resource and the following information was contributed by Kaye Stevens.

Authors and their affiliation

Bulbul Baksi, Catherine Russ, Laura Lucht, Marta Serafin & Ros Tennyson

Partnership Brokers Association

Year of publication


Type of resource

  • Discussion paper

  • Guide

Key features

As explained by the authors :

“This Work Book has been developed to support and encourage practitioners who are involved in remote partnering by:

  • Stimulating new thinking about the challenges and the potential of partnering remotely
  • Sharing some initial ideas on what it takes to partner remotely creatively and effectively
  • Providing practical tools to assist in designing and implementing fit-for-purpose approaches
  • Building momentum for system change and transformational collaboration” (p4)


  1. Remote Partnering Matters
  2. Emerging Definitions & Frameworks
  3. Uncovering Critical Issues
  4. Identifying Challenges & Opportunities
  5. Applying Partnering Principles Remotely
  6. Building & Maintaining Momentum
  7. Creating New Approaches
  8. Knowing What it Takes to be Effective
  9. Final Thoughts… for now

The following tools are included along with links to other resources to support effective partnering.

  • Remote Partnering Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  • Action Planning Template for Remote Partnering
  • Critical Success Factors for Remote Partnering

Who is this resource useful for?

  • Commissioners/managers of evaluation;
  • Evaluators;
  • Those involved in evaluation capacity strengthening;
  • Other – anyone involved in a long-distance partnership

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

The workbook prompts thinking about the unique challenges and opportunities of remote partnering and how to support fruitful long distance collaboration.

Why would you recommend it to other people?

This is a valuable resource for people involved in remote partnership that draws on the experience and reflections of practitioners.

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