I want to develop a clear plan for working with other groups that have the same vision as me.

Building Partnerships Map


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INSPIRED BY : Tennyson R. (2003) 12 Phases in the Partnering Process, p4. In: The Partnering Toolbook.

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Fairly simple, self administered tool, needs relatively less time.

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What is it & why should I do it?


Many complex problems have several different yet related causes and effects – with several organisations from different sectors trying to solve things individually. With many organisations having limited resources, forming partnerships is a good approach to not only increase capability, but also your reach. Partnerships help build a common understanding, and harness the knowledge which might be spread across various different perspectives.

Building partnerships takes a lot of effort from all those involved. They often take a considerable investment of time to build the high quality working relationships that underpin effective collaboration. The Building Partnerships Map breaks the process into steps, so you can anticipate difficulties and challenges ahead.

How do I use it?

Building Partnerships

The Building Partnerships Map describes a series of phases which a partnership might involve. The map indicates what is needed in each phase to make such partnerships work, offering guidelines rather than rules. Each phase, as outlined on the worksheet, is important and should not be neglected if the partnership is to remain balanced and on course to achieve its goals.


To work well, partnerships need to be mutually beneficial to the partners involved. You can use the Building Partnerships Map to analyse at what phase of partnership you and your partner are, so that you can move through the next phases to build a strong partnership together.


  • Identify the stage that shows where you are at.
  • Identify the stage where you would like to be.
  • Use the template as a map to build a pathway towards that stage.
  • The mapped pathway gives an outline of the activities that need to be done in between.



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  1. Lauren Poinier

    Word Rebel

    User Rating: 3

    This map is great to organize my action steps to identifying and reaching out to potential partners. It is a good tool to make me feel prepared to reach out without worrying I am not going about it the right way. However, I would have enjoyed this more if there were more specific steps in terms of methods of contac (email, phone, schedule meeting, etc) and even templates for these emails or “elevator pitches”. Thank you.


  2. Valeria

    Karelian Registry of unrelated donors of hematopoietic stem cells

    User Rating: 5

    Thanks a lot! It was very intresting! I want to build my partnership map, think it can be very useful!