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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

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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Helping Europe’s Social Funders to Collaborate

Last month Collaborate, along with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the IKEA Foundation and Big Lottery Fund, presented the Funding Ecology concept and the complimentary mapping technique at the European Foundation Centre’s annual conference. The session encouraged independent funders from across Europe to consider their role and value within a funding ecosystem, and provided examples of how mapping could support this process of awareness. See here for a more detailed review.

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Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at 7:39am
RT @helenbevan: Our friends at @CollaborateIns are recruiting a Research Consultant. They produce outstanding thought leadership https://t…
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 2:10pm
Thanks Helen! For those who fancy helping us to apply this guide we are recruiting. Apply at https://t.co/RaTrUuywa8 https://t.co/gYg1uJsA9R
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 12:35pm
RT @TurningPointUK: Thank you to everyone who attended our roundtable this morning with @CollaborateIns on integrated public services https…
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 12:33pm
RT @IdeasHub_: Read our take on @NLGNthinktank & @CollaborateIns's report, 'Get Well Soon: Reimagining place-based health' here: https://t.…
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 12:33pm
RT @annarandle: Notable how many councils are talking to @CollaborateIns abt need to shift from good partnerships to real system change for…

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