1. Determine the assessment scope and partnering capability desired by the partnership:
    1. Review the societal context for composing and translating reference models
    2. Identify and scope the elements of the partners affected by the Partnering Capability
    3. Identify the established frameworks, methods, and processes that intersect with the Partnering Capability
    4. Establish Partnering Capability Maturity ladder
  2. Establish the Reference Model comprising the components listed under Outputs, and obtain the commitment regarding its use from core partners.
  3. Maintain the Reference Model as new insights are gained from research and experience, or as new tools emerge in the market.