PrC works on various research projects (see overview) based on PrC’s Knowledge Agenda and guided by Research Principles.

In the PrC Impact Case you can read more about our collaborative research approach. This approach includes actively engaging with societal stakeholders by involving them in research design, collecting data, and sensemaking. The PrC provides a valid and reliable methodology and applies state-of-the-art scientific knowledge.

PrC Action Research Approach

For the period 2018 – 2022 PrC developed a programmatic Knowledge Agenda based in the three core dimensions of creating, sharing and connecting knowledge to better understand partnerships for sustainable and inclusive development. In the coming years, PrC aims to elaborate its programmatic agenda by engaging research with societal actors working and collaborating in transformative processes in four distinctive fields:x

  1. Coalitions with (multinational) lead firms realizing an inclusive business agenda that addresses major societal challenges;
  2. Collaborations of value-chain and non-chain partners co-creating inclusive development in the Global South;
  3. Cross-sector partnerships co-creating public and private value in the context of development objectives.
  4. Global, regional and local alliances collaborating on governance arrangements addressing issues related to sustainable development.


To all PrC research projects three research principles apply. First, our research is based on societal, methodological, theoretical and empirical triangulation which aims at avoiding dualism and encourage integrative thinking. Secondly, our research is oriented to practice and action, implying that we engage with tenacious practices to pro-actively inform decision making in partnerships. Moreover, we investigate situated practices and use comparative analysis of case studies for theory development and/or refinement. Thirdly, our research contribute to strengthening partnering capacity: to deliberate and strategize as partners for addressing complex problems, capacity to diagnose and create partnering space  between private, civil and public domains and capacity to learn and evaluate specific contributions of partnering to addressing complex problems.

In our PrC Research Principles document we explain these principles in more detail.

The PrC is an ambitious initiative to rethink the connection between scientific research and practitioner’s’ experiences. Its ambition is substantiated through developing an active approach to research characterised by active stakeholder engagement in all phases of research – design, implementation (data- collection), validation (sense-making), and dissemination (publication of lessons and insights and tool development).

In this way, it generates a meaningful interaction between knowledge and practice and creates a ‘living laboratory’ in which co-creation takes place. This results in cross-sectoral learning, development, and accumulation of knowledge, and strengthened partnering capacity. Please read our Impact Case.

PrC Research Projects