Partnerships in Practice

Topics Cross-sector partnerships | Research partnerships | Case studies | Tools & Guidance

The RDI Network seeks to strengthen cross-sector partnerships and linkages which promote the development and uptake of quality research in international development policy and practice. As a community and platform for establishing connections, the Network aims to foster collaborations and partnerships which advance and add value to research undertaken by the sector.

The resources below provide a showcase of effective partnership examples and seek to guide potential partnerships by sharing from learned experiences. They are collated into three categories:

  • Tools and Guidance
  • Case Studies
  • Learning and Development
Tools and Guidance

Tools and Guidance

Advancing the Network’s core objective of fostering cross-sector partnerships, in 2017 the RDI Network has published a user-friendly guide for academics and practitioners to apply at all stages of the partnership process. The Network welcomes your feedback on the use of this guide, and encourages suggestions of further tools or resources which would support organisations and individuals through the partnership process.

You can download the guide below.

How to Partner for Development Research

How to Partner for Development Research

Featuring practical tools and good practice case studies, this resource is an essential reference throughout the partnership process. Recognising that effective partnerships require intentional and continuous management, the Guide successfully unpacks a broad range of partnerships as they sit on a spectrum of collaboration, and cover the partnership process in all of its stages.

Download How to Partner for Development Research
Case Studies

Case Studies

The case studies below are sourced from across the Network and detail successes, challenges and lessons from past and ongoing academic–NGO research partnerships.

Exploring the links between child and youth participation and development effectiveness: a joint research and learning partnership

Exploring the links between child and youth participation and development effectiveness: a joint research and learning partnership

University of Technology Sydney, ChildFund Australia, Transform Aid International, Plan International Australia and InSight Sustainability

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A partnership for learning, reflection and evaluation in action: Exploring opportunities for understanding program impact

A partnership for learning, reflection and evaluation in action: Exploring opportunities for understanding program impact

Plan International and University of Technology Sydney

Download A partnership for learning, reflection and evaluation in action

Women in partnership: making justice work for women

Women in partnership: making justice work for women

ActionAid Australia, University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney

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The Oxfam Monash Partnership

The Oxfam Monash Partnership

Oxfam Australia and Monash University

Download The Oxfam Monash Partnership

Gia Lai Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Project

Gia Lai Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Project

This Case Study features in the resource How to Partner for Development Research found under Tools and Guidance on this page.

Download Gia Lai ECCD Project

Gender in Pacific WASH

Gender in Pacific WASH

This Case Study features in the resource How to Partner for Development Research found under Tools and Guidance on this page.

Download Gender in Pacific WASH

Oxfam Monash Partnership (2017 update)

Oxfam Monash Partnership (2017 update)

This Case Study features in the resource How to Partner for Development Research found under Tools and Guidance on this page.

Download Oxfam Monash Partnership 2017
Learning and Development

Learning and Development

Following a successful Research Partnerships in Practice Workshop in 2014, learnings and  were documented and shared with the Network in the Learning and Devlelopment note below.

 

Research Partnerships in Practice

Research Partnerships in Practice

ACFID, Oxfam Australia and Monash University

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