Cross-sector partnerships are increasingly advocated as the way to tackle issues of sustainable and inclusive development. It is often claimed that complex problems request a collaborative effort of multiple stakeholders, each bringing in their own expertise, network and resources.
However, such cross-sector partnerships have their own dynamics. Regular project management and monitoring and evaluation tools are not always able to capture the full scope of what a particular partnership is able to accomplish. How can we find out what works and what doesn’t, so as to realize maximum impact?
The Partnerships Resource Centre of the Rotterdam School of Management of Erasmus University Rotterdam, can help guide partnerships using Impact Pathways. We have developed this approach with Wageningen University and the 2SCALE project.
Together with those working in a partnership, we capture the activities and anticipated outcomes in several impact pathways. This is a way of visualizing the intervention logic of a partnership. It links the activities to the ultimate impact that a partnership aims to achieve. As such, it shows what is being done, and why. It stimulates reflection, and elicits questions such as: are we on the right track? Do we need to change course?
Interested? Please feel free to contact us.