Building Collaborative Places: Infrastructure for System Change
We believe that public services will fail citizens without radical system change.
Building Collaborative Places, supported by Lankelly Chase, is our major new research report that sets out the ways that public services can improve outcomes for citizens within harsh financial conditions.
Download the report here
Building Collaborative Places explores the nine essential pieces of system infrastructure for leaders of statutory and non-statutory services. These ‘building blocks’ will help embed whole-system collaboration to improve outcomes and the sustainability of services.
The report draws on a year of action research in Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and the South East. It offers system leaders a framework to reboot strategic partnerships and change the culture of collaboration across services to the public in a place.
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Human Learning Systems: the role of local authorities30/07/2021 09:20:00
Following the recent publication of Human Learning Systems: Public Service for the Real World – the latest instalment in a series of HLS resources – in this article we explore what HLS means for local government in conversation with Gary Wallace of Plymouth City Council, Lela Kogbara of Black Thrive and formerly Islington LBC and Ed Anderton of Redbridge LBC.
New Human Learning Systems ebook17/06/2021 11:38:00
Building on our previous reports, A Whole New World and Exploring the New World, we are excited to launch a brand new ebook: Human Learning Systems: Public Service for the Real World in collaboration with Dr Toby Lowe and partners.
Evaluating systems change progress during the pandemic: lessons from save the children's early learning communities programme27/05/2021 12:20:00
This is the second in a series of joint blogs by Collaborate and NPC. It has been posted on both organisation’s websites.
Collaborate CIC is a social change agency that helps people, organisations, services and systems to collaborate for social change20/05/2021 15:43:00
Collaborate CIC try to influence the debate and practice of social change by sharing learning and thought leadership; and we work with a range of funders who support elements of our research.
The Hope Inquiry: Where the light gets in09/02/2021 13:38:00
As the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the UK heads well past 100,000, it is sometimes hard to recall the spirit of togetherness and even optimism that was present in the Spring of the first lockdown.
Participation and ownership as keys to effective strategy18/11/2020 13:38:00
One of the last pieces of face-to- face work Collaborate was involved with before the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown was with Dartington Service Design Lab, supporting long-time Collaborate partner Oldham in the development of a new early years’ strategy.
Joining the Dots21/10/2020 16:43:00
Hannah Anderson, Collaborate’s Director of Practice, has recently returned to live in her birth country, New Zealand, Aotearoa. Following the recent election results, she reflects on the relevance of Collaborate’s work in New Zealand and why she thinks the country is uniquely well-placed to embrace systems thinking and collaborative practice.
Changing local systems to get #EveryoneInForGood21/10/2020 10:43:00
Not every issue holding a large and complex problem like homelessness in place can be addressed by local action. But many can. Over the last 18 months, Collaborate have been working with Homeless Link to understand how ideas about systems change can help those working to improve local responses to homelessness.