Context refers to the particular environment in which the Partnership is operational. This can be (1) a country, (2) a city, (3) a value chain, but also (4) an issue, (5) a network. The context defines the configuration; identify and compare specific success and failure factors of partnerships in the context and generate knowledge on the specific characteristics of the partnership in the context.
The Partnerships Effectiveness Model
The Partnerships Resource Centre developed a monitoring and evaluation approach that helps practitioners to get access to relevant knowledge on partnerships. The Partnerships Effectiveness Model(PEM) contains two dimensions: (1) a descriptive part that follows the partnership from its (start-up phase towards its output and outcome phase; (2) an analytical part that covers the four most relevant aspects of partnering: context, efficiency, effectiveness and impact. The academic background of this model is explained in a separate document.