• Measuring Partnerships for Impact

    Welcome to the Measure Partnerships for Impact (MPI) website!


    The ultimate purpose in measuring partnerships is to build a strong and functional foundation in the partnership/collaborative to help groups reach their impact goals.


    Our goal is to MOTIVATE you to see the need for measuring your collaborative.


    To find the MPI Assessment Tool: click here

    To Contact Us: click here


    Read our position paper that examines the value of build­ing, sustaining and measuring the strength and effectiveness of partnerships, resulting in accelerated social impact. Click here to read it.


    Exciting news! 


    MPI was recently featured in the Tamarack Engage Magazine: click here to read the article.


  • Who We Are

    We are two practitioners in the field of collaborative work who, like many of you, want to make a positive contribution to the success of groups who are trying to impact conditions of well- being in their communities.


    Our work is the collection of what we have lived and breathed with large and small partnerships, conversation by conversation, meeting by meeting, email by email, training by training until we noticed an opportunity to address a missing piece of the puzzle.  The missing piece is the willingness and ability for groups to reliably measure their internal strengths and challenges so they can focus on intentional strategies to accelerate the achievement of their impact goals.  This gap was so apparent that we had to explore it, study it and share possible solutions. The potential to help groups avoid the many pitfalls of collaborative work and succeed at turning important population level curves was too pressing to ignore.


    The information on our website contains thoughts that can be used to enhance the approach to the collective impact process. Our experience informs our opinion that groups need to measure how well their partnership is working to inform them of strengths and opportunities that can be leveraged to reach their impact goals.  Varying types of evaluation may be required as partnership evolve over time.

    Julie Pehar

    R.R.T., B.A., MEd.

    Julie holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Toronto in the discipline of Sociology and Equity and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from McMaster University in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Julie is a business owner and consultant in the Greater Toronto Area working with many collaboratives and networks, municipal governments and United Ways using the Collective Impact and Results Based Accountability frameworks. Julie is an Innoweave coach and a part-time (2015/16) professor in the faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, Social Service Worker Program Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

    Seema Taneja


    Seema holds a Masters Degree in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Seema has worked in and now consults with the not-for-profit sector in the areas of data, measurement, evaluation, and strategy. Seema is a recognized trainer in Results-Based Accountability (RBA) and has lead several processes to support communities and organizations develop effective results, indicators, and measures so to enhance much of the work they are already engaged in. Seema is also an Innoweave coach and has supported several organizations in understanding and leveraging elements of Collective Impact to strengthen and accelerate their work. Seema supports open data and data sharing and leads initiatives that accelerate this philosophy into integrative planning for communities.   

  • MPI Assessment Tool

    Varying types of evaluation may be required as partnerships evolve over time. A sequence or combination of developmental, formative and summative evaluation will likely be required over time but most groups are at a very preliminary stage of evaluation and in our experience will need time and external support to develop a sophisticated evaluation. Many groups have never attempted any partnership measurement and a simple and customized style of process measurement will suffice to get started. The MPI Assessment Tool focuses on young partnerships that are new to the concept of measuring their own capacity and using the information to help make the partnership stronger.


    The ultimate purpose in measuring partnerships is to build a strong and functional foundation in the partnership/collaborative to help groups reach their impact goals.

    Our goal is to motivate you to see the need for measuring your collaborative.


    Your measurement tool (assessment) is ideally a short electronic survey. We have developed a FREE, short, evidenced-based tool for your collaborative to use. There are 6 domains that highlight the important components of healthy collaboratives such as; Common Agenda, Shared Measurement, Continuous Communications, Mutually Reinforcing Activities, Backbone Organization, Stakeholder Engagement.


    We invite you to customize the tool by adding some questions that may capture the uniqueness of your collaborative process. For example, a youth-specific collaborative may want to add a few questions around youth leadership, youth engagement etc.


    Many others have informed us in assembling this tool. We have conducted a meta analysis of existing partnership assessments as well as current literature on specific learnings from those using and succeeding at Collective Impact initiatives. There are literally hundreds of thoughtful questions related to measuring partnerships/collaborations and we have used our own experience with groups to gather the best of the best. We acknowledge that there is no “perfect” collection of assessment questions but we are confident that using the MPI Assessment Tool will provide your group with adequate data to begin the process of self awareness, reflection and learning. You will soon be engaging in a process of lively conversation and continuous learning and will be well on your way to having the social impact you desire. The MPI assessment will improve as our collective knowledge improves.


    While many partnership assessments exist, there has never been a free, user-friendly partnership assessment compiled for practitioners using Collective Impact…until now.


    We are thankful for the contributions and insights from all of you who have published your knowledge and experience before us and helped to inform the MPI Assessment Tool. You will find a reference list here


    View the Measure Partnerships for Impact-MPI Assessment Tool


  • Research and Background Information     


    To access a list of references click here.

  • What's new with MPI

    2016 Collective Impact Conference

    MPI was invited to present at the 2016 Collective Impact Convening in Seattle Washington under the Tools for Evaluating Collecting Impact stream.

    Oakville Community Foundation

    MPI has been in conversations with the Oakville Community Foundation and has been embedded as a tool for agencies applying for funding to review and embed in their applications. MPI continues to have conversations with agencies looking to learn and leverage the data and insights that measuring ones partnerships can have on common outcomes.

    Collective Impact Forum's Collective Impact Funder Community of Practice

    MPI will be facilitating a session with the Collective Impact Forum's Collective Impact Funder Community of Practice. Seema and Julie will be speaking to 40+ International funders about the large scale benefits to measuring partnerships across funded agencies. This learning opportunity will demonstrate how partnership assessment will enhance the impact of collaboratives and help funders to partner in building the system's capacity to have larger, more sustainable community impacts.

  • Contact Us

    We would love to hear from you!

    Julie Pehar




    Seema Taneja





    Please contact us with any questions/concerns and we will get back to you.


    Also, we would like to hear how your evaluation efforts are going so we can support you and continue to learn and improve on the MPI Assessment Tool.

    Please drop us a line with a quick update!


    Need Help?


    We can come out and speak with your group (network or sector) about the concept/philosophy of measuring partnerships for impact.


    We can come out to meet with your group or backbone leadership to support your assessment efforts.


    We can consult with your group on the administering, analysis and presentation of assessment results.


    We can coach your group on the collective impact and/or Results Based Accountability frameworks or provide step by step coaching on integrating partnership assessment into your collective impact initiative.


    Some of our clients include:


    Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (LIP)

    Region of Peel

    United Way of Peel Region

    Bereaved Families of Ontario-Halton/Peel

    Children and Youth Grief Network

    Malton United Youth Collective Impact Project

    Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre

    Family Education Centre

    York Region


    Peel Children’s Youth Initiative

    Peel Parenting Collective

    Safe Centre of Peel