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The Anatomy of Collaboration

'The Anatomy of Collaboration' is a new report from Collaborate in partnership with Oxford University’s Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice and London South Bank University. The report sets out the key facets of successful collaboration.

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New Report: Place-Based Collaboration that can Transform Health and Care

Collaborate launches the final report of the Commission on Place-Based Health. Chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale and co-hosted with NLGN, the Commission was established to ask how the NHS, local government and local partners could start collaborating more effectively to improve local health outcomes.

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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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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

Our thinking

Latest thought leadership

Systems Change in Public Services

In this paper Anna Randle considers the relevance of system change thinking to public service reform, de-mystifying the language to address why people working in public services might find it a useful framework for understanding why collaboration can help address complex social challenges.

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The Anatomy of Collaboration

'The Anatomy of Collaboration' is a new report from Collaborate in partnership with Oxford University’s Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice and London South Bank University. The report sets out the key facets of successful collaboration.

read more

New Report: Place-Based Collaboration that can Transform Health and Care

Collaborate launches the final report of the Commission on Place-Based Health. Chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale and co-hosted with NLGN, the Commission was established to ask how the NHS, local government and local partners could start collaborating more effectively to improve local health outcomes.

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Latest blog posts

Collective ambition: a responsible next–step for funders?

Working with Independent funders on collaborative social change. Funders have already created good practice within their programmes of work; but how can we improve practice between them which recognises and responds to the collective responsibility they have towards the social issues they fund?

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The importance of being inclusive

In an article published in this week’s MJ, Anna Randle argues that the RSA’s Inclusive Growth Commission should address the role of public services in creating a more inclusive society and economy - the pre-conditions which will enable the value of more obvious economic inclusion priorities, such as connectivity and skills agendas, to be realised.

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Latest tweets

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 7:09am
RT @h_kippin: Watch out for ace @adelaidea23 report kicking off exciting @CentreUC at @CollaborateIns @LSBU -just read final draft, to b pu…
Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 7:09am
RT @h_kippin: Good to see we are getting somewhere on collaboration #placebasedhealth @CollaborateIns https://t.co/uIZoJfRT9Z
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 at 4:40pm
RT @annarandle: Did you see @CollaborateIns's paper on why system thinking can help us understand challenges facing public services? https:…
Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 2:05pm
RT @sbilliald: Thanks Paul - great to see you twice in one week! https://t.co/7qbIDrEWpV
Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at 7:59pm
Great people, great organisation, great job - take a look https://t.co/eD2UQJxNuY

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