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Demand Management and Behaviour Change: a manual for collaborative practice

Collaborate and the Leadership Centre are today launching a delivery-focussed manual for managing demand. This follows on from major Collaborate research in 2014, that explored the potential of demand management to address unprecedented social and economic challenges within a tough climate of fiscal constraints.

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Reimagining Place Based Health: A major new Commission from NLGN and Collaborate

NLGN and Collaborate launched a major new commission imagining the future of place-based health. Chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale, the Commission will tackle the most challenging questions facing both the NHS and local councils today as they struggle with rising demand, reducing budgets and the changing demographics of their service users.

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About us

Collaborate is an independent CIC focusing on the thinking, culture and practice of cross-sector collaboration in services to the public.

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We care about outcomes and values, not sectors

Our work actively promotes services to the public that engage government, business and civil society, blurring traditional boundaries and prioritising outcomes over sector preconceptions

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We support collaborative citizens

Our starting point is the voice of the citizen, family and community, and our approach will always look for ways to support their capability, independence and resilience.

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We work with people who want genuine collaboration

Our clients and partners are people who want to collaborate to deliver better outcomes – we help them to make it happen through different thinking, culture and practice

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We offer honest relationships, not pre-baked solutions

Our way of working is different – we believe that the best approaches are co-created; we work hard to convene networks, broker relationships and be ‘comfortable with uncomfortable’

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We build readiness and unlock capacity

Our approach is to enable others to find their own solutions; we use independent evidence and diagnostic insight, then build capability in others to make delivery sustainable

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What we do

Diagnostic

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We use deliberative research to hold a mirror to systems, organisations and people, developing clear insights and uncovering evidence to support action by asking the right questions

Shared Space

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We hold the tension inherent in all good collaborations by brokering relationships between individuals and across sectors, enabling collaborative problem solving

Readiness

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We help you do the dark work that builds collaboration, focusing on both behaviours and infrastructure, and working with both leaders and those operating across the system

Delivery

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We help you develop approaches that deliver against your collaborative ambition – through impact evaluation, performance incentives, and accountability frameworks

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Latest thought leadership

Demand Management and Behaviour Change: a manual for collaborative practice

Collaborate and the Leadership Centre are today launching a delivery-focussed manual for managing demand. This follows on from major Collaborate research in 2014, that explored the potential of demand management to address unprecedented social and economic challenges within a tough climate of fiscal constraints.

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A New Funding Ecology – A Blueprint for Action

A New Funding Ecology - A Blueprint for Action is the latest report in our Funding Ecology programme in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and the Big Lottery Fund. The report builds on our previous work in this area to shape a vital debate about changing models of social change, and the roles of the social, public and private sectors in funding and supporting it.

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Latest blog posts

Behaving like a system – keeping the conversation going

Collaborate is delighted to publish this blog from Clare Wightman, Director of Grapevine in Coventry and Warwickshire - a reaction to our recent report on the behavioural preconditions of system change. Clare was on the steering group for the development of the preconditions framework.

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Latest tweets

Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 8:03am
RT @richwi1son: @sbilliald @MsLaToyah just read your excellent Behaving
Like A System? report -> much needed https://t.co/t3SHFSeyE7 #syst
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 9:50am
RT @noelito: Great chatting to @CollaborateIns about how universities can engage with their local community, thoughts? @dannyboy @aliprendi
Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 3:16pm
RT @OnPurposeUK: Great thinking on #systemschange by our placement @CollaborateIns & @LankellyChase https://t.co/KjFW99POG9
Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 2:32pm
Pleased to be of service! #feedback https://t.co/HOU3642ljO

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