By Christina Herzog, Senior Analyst, Maher & Maher & Christy Montgomery Senior Analyst, Maher & Maher

Techhire Virtual Institute: Partnership Self-Assessment

Use this link to access the partnership assessment. This tool allows you to assess two components of your TechHire partnerships:

  • Potential Partners Landscape Assessment: this component includes a non-exhaustive list of potential partners and what they may be able to bring to the table to support your TechHire Project.
  • Partner-to-Partner Assessment: this portion of the tool is designed to help you identify your partnership’s strengths and areas for improvement.

This document provides a variety of tips and pointers on how to use the Partnership Assessment tool most effectively.

What are the benefits to using this tool?

  • Identify opportunities to strengthen or expand current partnerships: Although you have developed strong partnerships already, you may face new obstacles that one or more of your current partners could help address. Review what partners might bring to the table and consider if there are other ways to leverage current partnerships to meet your program’s needs.
  • Identify potential new partnerships to pursue: There may be some types of partners that you had not yet considered. Examine whether these partnerships could play a role in helping your program plan for greater sustainability, fill gaps in services, or provide other benefits to your project.

Who should complete the assessment?

  • Pull together leaders of the coalition of partners helping to support your TechHire grant. Avoid filling out the tool alone—while one person’s viewpoint might get you close, the comprehensive insights gleaned from a group discussion are often much more valuable.

How to best compile multiple responses and review?

  • Gather your team to review responses in person. In-person meetings help dialogue flow more freely and openly. Phone and email conversations often limit the clear expression of project needs and challenges, creating a barrier to openness of ideas, identification of solutions, and candor.
  • Start at the top of the tool and go over each question. Allow everyone to provide their rating.
  • Take the time to discuss their viewpoints and areas where you may agree and/or differ. These conversations will often support a more nuanced understanding of the current strengths and areas to potentially expand existing partnerships. When you notice a rating from one or more team members is varying, invite that individual(s) to share why they selected the rating.
  • Refrain from becoming defensive if you do not agree with a rating. Rather, seek a deeper understanding of the “why” behind the rating. This is an opportunity to identify areas you can strengthen.
  • Come to agreement as a team where the rating should fall and capture the results in a fresh document.

We’ve completed the tool, now what?

You’ve completed both partnership assessment tools, identified areas to strengthen, reviewed the results at your partnerships next engagement, and developed a prioritized action plan for next steps. Now what?

  • Don’t let the tool be a document that collects dust on the shelf! Partnerships can always be strengthened!
  • In 6 months – 10 months, complete the process again to identify successes along the way and new areas to strengthen.

How can my Technical Assistance coach help?

Take the opportunity to share your results from the assessment with your TechHire coach during your monthly coaching call. Based upon your findings, your coach can provide a range of assistance, which may include:

  • Work with you to identify specific strategies to strengthen partnerships with specific partners, tailored to specific agencies.
  • Connect you to written, peer, and SME resources to help you overcome specific partnership challenges that you have identified.
  • Identify opportunities for your TechHire partnership to connect to fellow TechHire grantees who face similar challenges to engage in group problem solving and/or those who can highlight relevant best practices related to developing and strengthening partnerships.