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Concordia’s research uncovers best practices and trends in the partnering space with the aim of providing governments, businesses, and nonprofits with the knowledge and tools necessary to engage effectively in innovative partnerships for social impact. Concordia’s research is conducted in partnership with leading global think tanks, research institutions, and socially conscious private corporations and address a broad range of issues.

Research for the Sustainable Development Goals

Concordia has partnered on two research projects related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to further practical insight on public-private partnerships in support of the 2030 Agenda. This research leverages Concordia’s robust SDG-oriented programming and Membership community towards achieving positive social impact. 



CONCORDIA research fellowship program 

The Concordia Research Fellowship Program is designed to advance the academic study, documentation, and rigorous evaluation of P3s in order to increase understanding of their design, costs, challenges, impact, and best practices. Fellows are required to produce research papers, case studies, white papers, or toolkits that equip stakeholders to better engage and implement successful P3s. Research outputs are presented at Concordia’s events and other relevant platforms to help shape policy dialogue and decisions on P3 engagement. For more information, please contact Hanne Dalmut, Director of Social Impact, at hdalmut@concordia.net.

Concordia Partnership Index

The Concordia Partnership Index was developed as a tool for public, private, and nonprofit organizations to identify opportunities to form strategic partnerships and pool resources for the implementation of innovative ideas. The Index ranked countries based on their readiness and need to engage in public-private partnerships (P3s). The inclusion of the need indicators is what set the Index apart from other indices that measure P3 environments. While the success of a P3 depends on a country’s political and market structures, the Index recognized that for a P3 to be truly impactful it must address a large-scale need. The final installment of the Index was launched at the 2016 Concordia Annual Summit.

Launch the Index