- European Penitentiary Training Academies Network (2020) Midterm evaluation for the Netherlands-Helsinki Committee carried out by Wout Visser, who used the Partnership learning Loop tool to support the EPTA network in finding out about experiences of the collaboration in the network so far, what changes are needed in order to create a sustainable, professional and active EPTA network, and to make recommendations regarding a monitoring framework so that monitoring efforts focus more on learning about sustainable network development.
- Oxfam Indonesia (2020)- To support organization strategic development of Oxfam in Indonesia, Partnership-ID (Indonesia) in collaboration with Partnership Learning Loop (Netherlands) was asked to undertake an assessment and provide advice to Oxfam for future organization improvement. Objectives of this review:
- To know how Partners perceive the quality of partnership in implementing Oxfam’s programs
- To gather feedback and insights to improve the partnership model of Oxfam Indonesia in the future.
- WWF/IUCN (SRJS partnerships) (2019) - A partnership health check for the Pantanal-Chaco Consortium (PaCha) In Bolivia and Paraguay that will help to design a tailored training to strengthen the partnership of the consortium, as well as future cross-sector partnerships.
- Indonesia's Business Link (IBL) (2019) - Partnership survey to gather feedback and recommendation to improve IBLs capacity in building an effective partnership in the future. Partnership-ID used the Partnership Learning Loop to carry out this partnership review to 1) find out how the current partnerships of IBL functions in reality 2) find out whether IBL responds to needs of the partners engaged in IBL’s programs 3) provides key information that helps to steer and strengthen IBL’s collaborations and 4) recommend areas for further (strategic) improvements for IBL’s partnership.
- Internet Society (2019) - Internet Society promotes the development of an open, globally connected, secure and trustworthy Internet. The Partnership Learning Loop was approached to support a categorization of Internet Society’s partnerships to help a consistent partnership approach. To this aim the following has been assessed: Characterization of the different types of partnerships, Added value and benefits of a partnership with Internet Society, Relevance of and satisfaction with current partnership and future needs, Accelerators and inhibitors for partnership
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs / IOB (2019) - facilitation and organisation of webinar for Southern CSOs to discuss, reflect on and the draft findings of the study 'Strategies for partners: balancing complementarity and autonomy Evaluation of the functioning of strategic partnerships between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and civil society organisations'. Findings of the webinar were included in the final report.
- Oxfam (2018) - Research in the Kasai area in the DRC about the extent to which working in quality partnership contributes to more efficient humanitarian response. This research was primarily meant for the LHL in Action Project Stakeholders in DRC and the Oxfam confederation.
- Citizen Agency Consortium (2017) - In 2015 Hivos, IIED and Article 19 formed a partnership under the Strategic Partnerships Dialogue and Dissent policy framework of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). It consists of four programs: Decent Work for Women (DWfW), Sustainable Diets for All (SD4All), Green and Inclusive Energy (G&IE) and Open Contracting (OC) (a relative new program that started in 2016, and implementation with local partners in 2017). PLL carried out a partnership review to identify insights and learnings about the partnership process in different layers and programs of the CAC. To use these results to further steer the partnership process during the implementation phase of the program and to share results with partners and donors for future referencing in other collaborative efforts.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs / IOB (2016) - Two studies as input for the policy review ‘Support through Dutch NGOs for the sustainable development of civil society in developing countries’ (policy objective 3.3.):
2) Relation study about the collaboration amongst Dutch CSOs and between Dutch CSOs and the Dutch
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs / DSH: Strategic Partnership Protracted Crisis in Great Lakes District and in the Horn of Africa in 2015 & 2016 including embassies in 9 countries and 7 Dutch CSOs (in both regions the Partnership Learning Loop was repeated after a year)
- TEAR - Partnership Learning Loop for the Self Help Groups in Ethiopia, Kenia, Somaliland, Netherlands and UK in 2015 & 2016
- Yes I Do Alliance (2016) - (Plan Netherlands, Amref, Rutgers, Choice, KIT) partnership review to assess the health of the partnerships after the scoping face.
Methodology of the Partnership Learning Loop used in partnership reviews in the following alliances:
- GUSO (2019) - an alliance of 5 Netherlands-based organisations and one UK based organisation: Rutgers, Aidsfonds, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, Dance4life and Simavi. These organisations combine their efforts in seven countries: Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Pakistan to empower young people, especially girls and young women, to realise their SRHR in societies that take a positive stance towards young people’s sexuality. PLL carried out an investigation to identify benefits of working in alliances (based on past programme experiences reports evaluations), designed a plan for a reflection workshop to evaluate the alliance performance based on the framework and evidence on alliances (with the alliance building officer, Policy advisor and Operation research officer), and provided a sustainability proposal to strengthen the alliance post 2020
- Her Choice (2018) - HER CHOICE is an alliance of four Netherlands-based organisations: Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland (SKN), The Hunger Project (THP), International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI) and the University of Amsterdam /Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (UVA/AISSR). These organizations combine their efforts with 27 local partner organizations to combat child marriage in eleven countries (Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda.). PLL carried out a review of the partnership process (How well does the alliance function, how is the cooperation with implementing organizations and MoFA qualified?) and assessed the coherence of the partnership with other activities and other stakeholders, relationship of the partnership with health systems in the countries in which activities are being implemented.
- Girl Power Alliance (Plan Netherlands, Free Press Unlimited, ECPAT/Defence for Children, WomenWin, Child Helpline, ICDI) (2013 & 2015)
- New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (Collaborative Impact, Microsoft, Intel, British Council, Promethean, Michael Fullan Entreprises) (2014)
- Connect4Change Alliance (IICD, Cordaid, ICCO, AKVO, Edukans, Text4Change) (2013)
- Dutch Relief Alliance (ZOA, Care NL, Save the Children NL, HealthNet TPO) (2014)
"In 2016 Partnership Learning Loop carried out two studies for us. The first one concerned a study into the perceptions of Dutch Civil Society Organizations and their Southern partners about Dutch non-financial support; the second one was about collaboration among Dutch Civil Society Organizations and about the relation between Dutch Civil Society Organizations and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Both studies generated important insights into the operations of Dutch civil society and into the factors that contribute to their effectiveness. Partnership Learning Loop developed an innovative methodology for the studies which added to their value. The experts of Partnership Learning Loop, Rita Dieleman and Helga van Kampen, had an open attitude and the cooperation with them was very fruiful and cordial. They invested a lot of extra time into the studies and they worked fast. We were very happy with the cooperation.'"
Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands.
"In 2015 maakte Tear kennis met de Partnership Learning Loop. Wat ons daarin aansprak was de mogelijkheid om met samenwerkingspartners te analyseren wat er goed gaat en waar er knelpunten zijn. Omdat diverse stafleden van alle organisaties de vragenlijst invullen, worden de meningen van zowel veldwerkers als kantoormedewerkers van organisaties bekend. In een samenwerking is het belangrijk om te kijken of we het optimale resultaat behalen. De Learning Loop helpt om dat gesprek op gang te brengen en knelpunten uit de weg te ruimen. Mijn ervaring met de consultants van Partnership Learning Loop is positief omdat ze meedachten over de aspecten die voor ons samenwerkingsverband relevant waren en een extern oog boden om naar de resultaten te kijken. Doordat diverse mensen uit onze organisatie bij de presentatie van de resultaten betrokken waren, heeft dat ook meer betrokkenheid binnen Tear gegeven over de manier van samenwerken met andere organisaties."
Horn of Africa Programme Coordinator
SHG/Food Security Programme