ProjectProving the Impact of Development Partnerships

Project Context

Development partnerships have been praised as an effective and efficient approach to development. By involving the private sector in development, the public sector leverages additional funding, knowledge and capacity and projects can be sustained after the end of the partnership. However, little is known about the actual effectiveness of these partnerships, since measurement efforts have been limited. Close to nothing can be said about the efficiency of projects compared to other partnership approaches or alternative approaches all together, since there is no comparable set of data that gets measured across partnerships. Lack of measurement limits the ability of project managers to learn from experiences and improve the design and implementation of these projects. There is an urgent need for more results measurement in development partnerships.

Project Objective

The report documents solutions and best practices for measuring results in development partnerships. It aims to provide a positive, pragmatic and productive perspective on results measurement in this context and thus help build the foundation for further progress. Rather than reiterating constraints and asking for systemic wide-ranging solutions, it aims to further results measurement in development partnerships by showing what works, thus inspiring others to follow the good examples.

Project Output

The output of the project was a report which uses case studies as illustrations for good practices. Contents include:

  • A case for measuring: what are the current constraints and how can they be addressed?
  • Who measures? Roles and responsibilities of partners
  • What to measure? A look at indicators across sectors
  • How to measure? Standard processes and good practice
  • Outlook: addressing current gaps and an offering of concrete recommendations to address them

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