Performance Partnership Model

What is the Partnership Model?

A Performance Partnership is a partnership organized around a specific, measurable result. The model was developed in the 1990s that has produced a variety of measurable results in areas from reducing child abuse and teen pregnancy to salmon restoration and bay cleanup. SCLC has used the model to partner with professional organizations as well as local and state initiatives.

The model requires assembling a group of partners all interested in attacking the same issue, and asks The Four Questions:

Where are we now? (baseline)

A jumping-off point against which to measure progress

Where do we want to be? (target)

Agreement on a single measurable outcome Agreement on the what rather than the how

How will we get there? (multiple strategies)

No one party owns the answer to "How will we know we are getting there?" Allow a wide array of strategies-even competing strategies- to be used by the various partners Consider low-cost and no-cost strategies

How will we know we are getting there? (measures)

Devise a measurement strategy that includes both process and outcome measures. If measures are moving in the wrong direction, regroup and rethink strategies

How Does it Differ from Other Partnerships?

A results-based accountability facilitator takes each group through a series of steps to determine a baseline, a target, multiple strategies, and an impact measurement plan. The method lets groups focus on results, minimizes turf battling, and allows for myriad low-cost and no-cost strategies.

Examples of State and County Performance Partnerships

  • SAMHSA sponsored seven State Leadership Academies for Wellness and Smoking Cessation: New York, Arizona, Oklahoma, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas and Arkansas
  • L.A. Quits! - Los Angeles County joined more than 75 organizations representing public health, doctors, nurses, dentists, health care providers, pharmaceutical companies and retail outlets—all in the effort to help Angelenos quit smoking. Learn about the initiative at
  • Washington Quits!- A first-of-its-kind tobacco cessation summit held in Seattle on January 8, 2008. The summit brought in a diverse group of state leaders to hammer out a new plan to help businesses help their employees quit smoking.

  • Indiana State Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative - Participants at the Summit identified a list of strategies to increase cessation in Indiana with an emphasis on advocacy, policy and cessation systems change. The areas of focus were employers, health care providers, policy makers, and community educators.

Article on the Performance Partnership Model

Revell CC, Meriwether, MB. (November 2011). Applying the Performance Partnership Model to smoking cessation: Lessons learned by the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. Health Promotion Practice, Vol. 12, Suppl. 2, 125S– 129S.