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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

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

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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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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