“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro
Partnerships and collaboration are perhaps the most powerful tool we have to affecting social impact. They are also amongst the most difficult to use well.
From setting meaningful shared objectives that motivate all parties, to working effectively together and measuring the shared impact, partnering can be the most rewarding approach or the most challenging.
The Direct Impact Group will work with you to develop effective partnerships from inception to delivery.
Whether you are looking to work with organisations similar to yours, or across other sectors we can help facilitate the bringing together of partners, development of a shared vision and implementation and management of projects that deliver social impact.
Our extensive networks across the NGO, private, philanthropic, multi-lateral agency and government sectors means we can bring together organisations that may not otherwise think of working together. Our understanding of how these sectors work enables us to facilitate partnerships that deliver meaningful impact for all the partners.
Like any individual organisation, partnerships need a shared vision, values and strategy to be successful. However, scope and emphasis differ significantly. Ignoring this factor will either lead to cutting into the sovereignty of organisations, or result in strategies that are so vague and fluffy, that they mean anything to everybody, and by that nothing at all.
Our field tested approach has a strong emphasis on the vision (the “WHY”). A strong vision is the only way to ensure that egos and brands are excluded and don’t interfere with result oriented discussions. Values need to be developed carefully, considering the context of participating organisations. We work with you to ensure that the values are not just words, but drive every action of the partnership. Our facilitators contribute to this process with intercultural sensitivity.
Positive Social Impact is an outcome desired across all of society. With the Sustainable Development Goals driving behaviour in business, government and civil society, it is recognised that achievement will only be possible if all sectors work together.
With networks across all sectors, we will work with you to facilitate partnerships to deliver social impact that recognise and value all participants as equals working together for a common vision and goals. Working with a tried and tested framework of partnership development new, or existing, partnerships can be set up for impact.
Having the right partners, with the right values is a good start. Managing the partnership for maximum impact requires collaboration, teamwork and consistency across the whole programme. Managing the pace of each partner, the interchange of information and effective transitions is a complex matrix of activity. Any mis-step can place entire programme at risk.
We work with your teams to establish the systems needed for effective partner programmes, unique to the needs of your partnership. By applying rigorous planning, design, implementation and monitoring processes the risks of disconnection is minimised. If required we can act as an independent project manager to manage the team to maximise impact.
Partnerships are only effective when each partner is considered an equal and free to hold other partners to account, and be held accountable themselves. The partnership also needs to be accountable to the communities it seeks to serve and drive social impact in and its funders.
Our approach to accountability will ensure both internal and external accountability is not only strong, but a force for driving increased social impact. Through better relationships and clearly articulated and measurable objectives we will help to facilitate a partnership built on transparency and trust.