An evaluation of the Deakin University – Department of Human Services (Barwon-South Western Region) Partnership Purpose A snapshot to provide a preliminary evaluation of the partnership This interim evaluation is Stage 1 of the more formal evaluation which will occur towards the end of the 2007-2010 Business Plan Literature Review Partnerships are increasingly recognised as positively impacting on community health (Zakos & Edwards, 2006). However, partnership sustainability can be difficult (Zakos & Edwards). This may be partly due to the need for greater knowledge concerning the managerial and organisational factors which are necessary for partnership effectiveness (Einbinder, Robertson, Garcia & Patti, 2000). This suggests that there is a need for greater evaluation of partnerships to uncover such factors. Literature Review Research suggests that partnership evaluation should involve an assessment of whether key targets have been reached, but this is difficult to attribute solely to the work of the partnership (Dowling, Powell & Glendinning, 2004). Therefore, research on partnership evaluation tends to focus on the internal functioning of partnerships (Lasker, Weiss & Miller, 2001; Zakos & Edwards, 2006). The Evaluation -methodology Strategies Beacon Projects Farmers and Rural Health Conference Workforce Development Research Corio-Norlane Projects Other Projects Teaching and Workforce Development TBC TBC TBC TBC Research and EvidenceBased Practice TBC TBC TBC TBC Health and Wellbeing TBC TBC TBC TBC Public Health Forums TBC TBC TBC TBC Methodology- surveys 2 surveys Survey 1 – Strategic Advisory Group Co-Chairs Survey 2 – All Partnership members Survey 1- Advisory Group Co-Chairs Mapping Exercise (VicHealth Partnerships Analysis Tool: Activity 2) Mapping Example: Youth Housing Agency LEGEND Nature of relationships between partners: State Youth Department Community Health Service (Lead Agency) Secondary College Networking Coordinating Cooperating Collaborating ..…... Survey 2- all Partnership members Demographics Part B – Purpose of the partnership (VicHealth Partnerships Analysis Tool: Activity 1) Part C – Successful Partnership Checklist (VicHealth Partnerships Analysis Tool: Activity 3) Part D – Current Partnership Success (Nuffield Institute for Health Partnership Assessment Tool) Part E – Resource-use Template – 3 months (The University of Melbourne) Part F – Several questions formulated based on gaps between theory and current tools Outputs Evaluation Report Recommendations E.g. An evaluation plan involving students on placement to prospectively evaluate the achievement of key priorities. Suggestions?