Relationships can be based upon a variety of factors – ranging from what one stakeholder can get from the other, what they can give to the other or how they can partner to realize a benefit. There will be different tiers – policy, implementation, and results management etc. The objectives of the stakeholder education plan can determine the type of relationships formed.

The issue of stakeholder selection remains an area with unanswered questions. Stakeholders involved in previous successful work, stakeholders with a genuine interest in the work and reputable stakeholders are all considered when stakeholder selection is necessary. It is key to also engage the critical eye stakeholder to ensure checks and balances just by having that particular stakeholder on the team.