Measuring the Success of
Partnerships are created in the belief that concerted efforts will be more successful than single ventures. But partnerships may also suffer from conflicting objectives. The concept of success and the ways of measuring and evaluating it are therefore important to partnerships. Evaluation of success is not simply the last step following implementation (ex post evaluation), but a means for partners to reach an understanding of the problems and objectives before a project is approved (ex ante evaluation). At this stage, fundamental questions about processes of change, winners and losers, value systems, and criteria to express them must be clarified. The ex post evaluation will then be related to the aims and expectations ex ante.
Among the many evaluation methods, most helpful is Community Impact Evaluation (CIE). It seeks to identify, from the outset, all groups likely to be affected—both within a regeneration area and outside—by systematically tracing through the chains of effects and impacts initiated by any intervention in the current urban scene. This method of process analysis enhances sensible planning and meaningful public consultation and fosters the partnership bond.
The proliferation of public-private partnerships, their diversity, and the circumstances under which they arise, are discussed elsewhere in