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Collaboration Readiness: Why it matters, how to build it, and where to start

This new publication offers a practical guide to collaboration readiness, drawn from our practice across the UK and beyond. We believe there's no transformation without collaboration and no collaboration without readiness: this report helps you to take a step back and consider six different aspects of collaboration and provides a shallow route into building readiness in each.

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Collaborate partners with TSIP to call for a Collaboration Evidence Hub

Collaborate and The Social Innovation Partnership launch a new paper, 'Collaboration: from emerging science to evidence base', that calls for the creation of a Collaboration Evidence Hub (CEH) - a new resource for practitioners, professionals, policy-makers, and the public that offers a systematic way of building and understanding evidence.

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

NLGN and Collaborate are today launching 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.


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


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.


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


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’


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



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


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



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



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

Our thinking

Latest thought leadership

Skills, Jobs and Growth: Collaborating to Improve Outcomes for Marginalised Citizens in Leeds

Jobs, skills and growth are at the top of the agenda for civic leaders in Leeds. The City Region stands on the cusp of a huge opportunity. Significant investment in skills and employment is at the heart of devolution and growth deals that aim to deliver thousands of new jobs for...

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Collaborative Capacity in Public Service Delivery: Towards a Framework for Practice

The global public services landscape remains in flux. In the aftermath of the biggest economic upheaval for generations, leaders around the world are raising profound questions about the role and purpose of government, and the scope and breadth of the public services provided to citizens. This discussion paper reflects primarily on the public service reform agenda in the UK, drawing lessons from a range of British examples to form the basis of a delivery framework that can be discussed, adapted and applied internationally.

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Most popular reports

Managing Demand: Building Future Public Services

Managing Demand: Building Future Public Services explores the potential of Demand Management to address the unprecedented challenges of rising demand and changing demographics within a tough climate of fiscal constraints. This report was launched on 25 February 2014, with an expert panel of speakers including Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, and Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England.

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‘From delivering services to collaborating for outcomes’ – Making Good

Collaborate's Executive Director Dr Henry Kippin contributes to the debate about the future of the voluntary sector in a full volume of essays, Making Good: the future of the voluntary sector, which was published by Civil Exchange on 10 November 2014. This report includes expert contributions from third sector leaders inclduing NPC's Dan Corry, Locality's Steve Wyler, and ACEVO's Sir Stephen Bubb about the current challenges facing the sector and creative solutions for its continued growth.

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Latest blog posts

To achieve the Global Goals, think Collaboration Readiness

Henry Kippin writes for Public Finance on why the Sustainable Development Goals present a challenge to all nations, and if they are to succeed, then policymakers need to start thinking and working in more collaborative ways.

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Latest tweets

Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 11:22am
Read @MsLaToyah blog on Collaborate's recent work on place-based systems change in Coventry #SystemsCov
Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 4:54pm
RT @h_kippin: Come and see my fab colleague @sbilliald @CollaborateIns on ps markets @ifgevents -
Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 8:12am
RT @annarandle: Really excited by new projects with Greater Manchester, Essex, Lewisham and Southwark @CollaborateIns #futurepublicservices
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at 12:18pm
Thank you to everyone who participated at our #fundingecology session #ACFconf with @BigLotteryFund @CGF_UK Great discussions.

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