PARTNER is a data tracking and learning platform for networks that offers all-in-one functionality, validated measures, and network analysis and mapping. Collect the data and insight you need to demonstrate impact while building and adapting your network’s strategy.

What Questions Can PARTNER Answer?

∙What does my network look like?
∙Where is trust strong and where can it be improved?
∙Where are there inefficient or redundant ties?
∙Who brings what kind of value to the network?
∙How can communication flow more effectively?
∙What do the network power dynamics look like?
∙How do different types of partners contribute or participate?
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Everything You Need to Create Actionable Insight

We developed the core metrics employed by PARTNER through an iterative research project. Using a series of interviews, surveys & focus groups, we identified the dimensions of connectivity that matter most when it comes to network processes and outcomes. You benefit by getting the data that matters, and no fluff. 

Our default template survey works for almost any network, coalition or collaborative. You can customize the survey to fit your needs, or use one of a dozen need-specific survey templates created by our Evaluation Team. 

Create beautiful, visual reports with network maps, charts and other graphics. Tell your network story and share your findings using VNL insights you can drag and drop into your report. You can also purchase Highlight or Full Reports created and personalized for you by our Evaluation Team. 

Visualize your network by mapping your partnerships using your survey results automatically. Layer different question responses to identify patterns, and analyze network metrics at the relationship or whole-network level. Customize your maps by color, shape, layout and more!

Now you can map your partnerships onto geographic maps of your city, state, region or country. Add base layers using socioeconomic factors to begin connecting collaborative work to local impact visually.

Analyzing network data isn’t always easy. We collected our combined network knowledge and experience in our Insights Library to help. Look up topic areas to find questions to consider, research findings, and advice from our staff to help translate data into action steps. 

PARTNER User Testimonials

  • VNL is an amazing team of professionals who are actively building tools, like PARTNER, that we need to measure collaboration, networks, and more. They think outside of the box, and they are an innovative partner when it comes to trying to define and measure those things that are innately challenging.

    Katie Edwards

    Executive Director, Nonprofit Centers Nework
  • VNL is an essential partner in the field of public health, where we rely on the strength of partnerships and networks to build our capacity and build innovative approaches to health. We are constantly being asked to measure the impact of our work, without VNL and PARTNER we wouldn’t be able to measure or justify the need for partnership.

    Sarah Marie Ridder Lampe

    CEO, Trailhead Institute
  • PARTNER has become a valuable tool for me because it measures important aspects of organizational relationships that help me understand what does and does not work well in partnerships. It’s also a great tool because it is easy to modify and implement in community-based settings.  The VNL staff are not only expert social network analysts, but they are very attentive and easy to work with. I can’t imagine studying these types of relationships without them.

    Malcolm Williams, Ph.D.

    Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

The PARTNER Platform was created to help with Step 3 of the PARTNER Process. The Tracking Step focuses on collecting the right data on your network’s process & outcomes to help you learn & grow.

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