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Step 3: Assess partnership opportunities

Now that you have the data you need and a sense of strategies that might work, think about the partnerships that might help you achieve your goals.

The tools and resources in this section can help you think through important questions to set your program up for success. For example, for the strategy that seems promising, what partners can help you execute that strategy?


Step 3 resources

A strategic tool from the Institute for Community Health Program Planning (iCHPP) to help practitioners and community-based organizations collect information on current and potential partnerships that are consistent with internal goals and objectives.

The “Asset Wheel,” is a method developed by the World Bank to visualize the range of assets/resources (and connections between them) to support planning health promotion efforts. 

This resource, put together by the California Breast Cancer Research Program, includes a number of evaluation instruments to support assessment of relationships and outcomes for research partnerships, emphasizing community-based participatory research partnerships.

A network of 2,000+ partners with information about service learning, community-based participatory research, broad-based coalitions, and other partnership strategies to help improve higher education, civic engagement, and the overall health of communities.


The website also offers peer-reviewed products of community-engaged resources.

Evidence-based curriculum from Community-Campus Partnerships for Health at the University of Washington with step-by-step training for community-institutional partnerships that are using or planning to use a health-promoting community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach.

Guide developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity to help partnerships with evaluations on state nutrition, physical activity, and obesity plans, and more.

Website developed by the Oregon Health and Sciences University with accessible training modules for community organizations to engage in research.


Topics include: “Let’s Get the Partnership Started,” “Earning a Ph.D. in 30 Minutes,” and “Planning and Implementing a Research Project.”

A searchable database created by the Catalogue for Philanthropy with newly accessible data and teaching tools on philanthropic and charitable efforts in Massachusetts.


The database includes information for donors, grantmakers, board members, students, and community organizations.

Presentation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that provides and describes three beneficial tools for partnership evaluations: Evaluability assessments, membership and roles, and process and functioning.