This free tool from Partner is designed to support the analysis and interpretation of data related to the collaboration of people and organisations.

The tool was designed for use by collaboratives/coalitions to demonstrate how members are connected, how resources are leveraged and exchanged, the levels of trust, and to link outcomes to the process of collaboration. The tool includes an online survey that you can administer to collect data and an analysis program that analyzes this data. By using the tool, you will be able to demonstrate to stakeholders, partners, evaluators, and funders how your collaborative activity has changed over time and the progress made in regard to how community members and organizations participate.

"The following are examples of data that will be collected.

  • Identification of partners within the collaboration.
  • Record of the frequency of interactions.
  • Elements of the strength and quality of the interactions.
  • Measures of trust and value within the collaboration.
  • Network scores to report and illustrate changes to collaboration activity over time.
  • Outcomes measures related to success of the collaborative, products and programs developed, and change to relationships among members of the collaborative are provided." (Partner 2011)

PARTNER is a free, open source tool that is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The PARTNER tool was developed by Dr. Danielle M. Varda, an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver.


PARTNER Tool. (2011). Partner. Retrieved from