The PARP is voluntary process. The decision to take part in it is up to each partner country. In order to participate, the interested Partner must first complete a PARP Survey, which clarifies the partner’s forces and capabilities available to the Alliance, its wider defence plans, the structure of its forces and its budgetary plans.
Based on this information, the staff from both the civilian and military sides of the Alliance then develops a package of draft Partnership Goals. Next, the partner participates in bilateral talks on these goals with the civilian and military staffs. They then amend them as necessary, followed by discussions between the partner and all of the Allies. Finally, once this process is complete, the Ambassadors of the Allies and the partner country approve the Partnership Goals.
The PARP continuously reviews the progress of each country. To this end, the NATO staff produces a PARP Assessment, which analyzes the advancement of the partner in meeting the agreed Partnership Goals. The PARP itself is a two-year process. Based on an updated PARP Survey, the partners and NATO agree to the Partnership Goals in even-numbered years and the PARP Assessment in odd-numbered years.