How do you ‘do partnership’ effectively?

La Toyah McAllister-Jones is a Collaborate associate and Clore Social Fellow. She has posted a series of blogs on her research around partnerships and joint-working over the last few months. This insightful piece of work has culminated in several interesting findings as well as the development of a Good Partners Charter.

Following on from the World Café on Partnerships event hosted by Collaborate last November, my research project on local partnerships in the homelessness sector is complete.

The Café event provoked some really in-depth thought and discussion about the barriers we face when trying to ‘do partnership’.  Throughout the entire research process, I was keen to create and main a collaborative approach.  The Café on Partnerships was a truly collaborative process, with participation from the voluntary, public and charity sectors.  And this was an important element in the development of the Good Partners Charter.

The focused conversations and reflective nature of the Café enabled the participants to develop a set of guiding principles which form the foundation of the Good Partners Charter.  The process was filmed and you can hear, Lord Victor Adebowale talk about his experience of partnerships and why there are challenges in getting it right.  You can also see the process of building the Good Partner’s Charter ahead the launch of the projects outputs, including the Charter.

To watch some of these insighful perspectives on partnership work please click here.

I hope you have enjoyed the blog series.  I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of the project, the round-table discussions and the Cafe on Partnerships.  Let’s see how far we can now take the Good Partners Charter!

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La Toyah McAllister-Jones (pictured at the top) is a Clore Social Fellow. She has posted this series of blogs on her research on collaboration and partnerships over six weeks.

To find out more about La Toyah please click here.

View the conversation on Twitter with #goodpartners.

La Toyah McAllister-Jones

About La Toyah McAllister-Jones

La Toyah is an Associate for Citizen Engagement and worked at Collaborate until February this year. She was a 2013 Clore Social Fellow and worked for Movement for Change, a community organising agency founded by David Miliband with its roots in the Labour movement. She has over 15 years of experience in the social justice field, with extensive experience working with vulnerable and complex needs groups for St Mungo's Broadway. She has also worked in the youth criminal justice system, developing a restorative justice programme across a range of services for young people living in Brighton and Hove, working closely with Sussex Police and the Youth Offending Team. This model developed in Brighton from this work became the foundation of the Community Resolution disposal now used by across the Sussex Police Force.

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