Public–nonprofit partnership performance in a disaster context: the case of Haiti

Public Adm. 2011;89(4):1385-402. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01950.x.


During disasters, partnerships between public and nonprofit organizations are vital to provide fast relief to affected communities. In this article, we develop a process model to support a performance evaluation of such intersectoral partnerships. The model includes input factors, organizational structures, outputs and the long-term outcomes of public–nonprofit partnerships. These factors derive from theory and a systematic literature review of emergency, public, nonprofit, and network research. To adapt the model to a disaster context, we conducted a case study that examines public and nonprofit organizations that partnered during the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The case study results show that communication, trust, and experience are the most important partnership inputs; the most prevalent governance structure of public–nonprofit partnerships is a lead organization network. Time and quality measures should be considered to assess partnership outputs, and community, network, and organizational actor perspectives must be taken into account when evaluating partnership outcomes.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Communication* / history
  • Disaster Planning* / economics
  • Disaster Planning* / history
  • Disaster Planning* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Disasters* / economics
  • Disasters* / history
  • Haiti / ethnology
  • History, 21st Century
  • Organizations, Nonprofit* / economics
  • Organizations, Nonprofit* / history
  • Organizations, Nonprofit* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Public-Private Sector Partnerships* / economics
  • Public-Private Sector Partnerships* / history
  • Public-Private Sector Partnerships* / legislation & jurisprudence