When evaluating the processes and results of a partnership and seeking to improve them, it is important to be open to differing and challenging opinions about what is or is not effective.
One simple approach that encourages such openness is the use of insider/outsider teams. An insider/outsider team consists of at least two people. One person comes from within the partnership being evaluated and the other comes from outside of it, perhaps from another partnership or organisation that is doing similar work. Both people work together to analyse and evaluate the work of the partnership, acknowledging and using the differing perspectives they bring to the task.
Obviously, the evaluation could be reciprocal, the two people swapping insider/outsider roles and evaluating each other’s organisations or partnerships.
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