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Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Partnership Toolkit

Identifying potential partners is one thing, but actually building a successful partnership that achieves its potential is a totally different ball game. It takes skill, care and some degree of luck. But more than that, it takes good preparation.

This toolkit has been developed assuming that you have already identified potential partners, and perhaps even had some preliminary conversations. This is the part that organisations are usually pretty good at! The hard part is defining the partnership and getting to implementation. This toolkit is designed to support you in this work.

The toolkit has been designed to help you prepare for getting your partnership off the ground practically, as well as structuring your written partnership agreement. It should help to set you up for success throughout the partnership, and enable you and your organisation to make the most of it.

This toolkit combines Nesta’s experience with the great work of organisations such as The Partnering Initiative, WWF, Forum for the Future and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) to get you started.

What is included in this toolkit?

  • Your go/no go checklist
  • Getting your partnership off to a good start
  • Formalising how you will work together
  • Further resources