This study explores the valued-added of USAID/Senegal's Governance for Local Development (GOLD) project's integrated approach to working with four sector projects: two in health, one in water and sanitation, and one in nutrition. The study builds on a partnership evaluation framework that identifies practices related to preconditions, factors linked with success, implementation structures and processes, contribution of collaboration to performance, and collaboration outcomes. A survey instrument developed statements of positive practices and asked respondents to agree or disagree with each one. The analysis includes exploration of differences in perception. Respondents generally expressed agreement with the statements in the survey instrument associated with the various dimensions of effective partnerships. All projects mentioned the presence of partnership champions. Problems with joint action (e.g., planning, budgeting, managing) were the most frequently cited constraints. The study confirms most of the hypotheses embedded in the evaluation framework regarding partnership's potential for creating synergies and improved outcomes and affirms the framework's usefulness as a developmental evaluation tool. Positive outcomes result from intentional efforts to build relationships, cultivate champions, and design systems and processes that support a partnership culture and contribute to each partners' success as well as the success of the partnership itself.
An application of a developmental framework to the Governance and Local Development project in Senegal
Brinkerhoff, J. M., & Brinkerhoff, D. W. (2021). Partnership evaluation: An application of a developmental framework to the Governance and Local Development project in Senegal. Evaluation and Program Planning, 89, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2021.102005