The Collaboratory will be successful when partnerships already founded on equality are able to expand their capacity to fulfill their mission, when partnerships not currently based on equality gain confidence in their ability to let locals lead, and when philanthropists become an active part of a learning community that includes local-global partnerships.  As an initiative focused on capacity building, it will have achieved its purpose when all three legs of the international partnership stool— local project, international partner, and grantmakers—can hold the organization steady at the same level.  The local project will become less dependent on its partners and more able to evolve its role independently.

Some examples of how the impact will be measured by partner:

Partners Measures
Local project
  • Improved capacity to manage programs
  • Independent strategic planning that expands community impact
  • Implementation of financial and evaluation systems that work within local context
International partners
  • Regular review process to align values and capacity with local partner
  • Implementation of cross-cultural communication plan
  • Integration of learning goals into board leadership
  • Inclusion of leaders from small organizations in education and outreach
  • Flexibility to modify requirements in response to local realities
  • Shifted focus from outputs to capacity building


Some examples of how the impact will be holistically measured:

Partnerships Measures
Local-global partnership
  • Improved shared capacity to compete for and implement international grants
  • Implementation of shared planning process
Partnership with funders
  • Substantial communication beyond reports
  • Multi-year partnerships
  • Inclusion of partnerships in goal development