APH 2006, 64, 1-12:
Partnership synergy among European
organisations for smoking prevention.
M. Schoonacker, Van den Broucke
Keywords: partnership synergy, tobacco control, network
Objective: This paper examines the level of partnership synergy,
defined as the extent to which the perspectives, resources and skills
of the individuals and organisations that participate in a network
contribute to and strengthen its work, of the European Network for Smoking
Design: Eighteen members (30.5%) of the General Assembly of the
ENSP completed the Questionnaire for Organisational Partners, which
measures partnership synergy and its main determinants: effectiveness
of leadership, effectiveness of administration and management,
partnership efficiency, adequacy of financial resources, adequacy of nonfinancial
resources, challenges to partner involvement, challenges
related to the community, and challenges to governing the partnership.
Scores were compared to the results of a previous evaluation of ENSP,
and to those of 63 partnerships involved in a study in the USA.
Results: No significant differences were found between both assessments
of partnership synergy and assessments of its determinants. Compared
to the partnerships in the USA, ENSP attained a similar level of partnership synergy and scored similar for most determinants, but scored
lower for partnership efficiency.
Conclusions: The level of partnership synergy of ENSP is comparable
to that of health related networks in the USA, but it makes less well
use of the partners’ in kind resources and time. It was suggested that
this should be attributed to the diversity of the organisations involved in
the network, and to the leadership style.