Collaborate’s highlights of 2018
As another challenging year for the UK and beyond draws to a close, the Collaborate team have spent some time together looking back over the past 12 months, exploring what we are learning from our work with places and organisations from across different sectors. We have also looked ahead, and made an early collective new year’s resolution for 2019: to be bold about the future we are trying to create. We will explore this further in our January newsletter, sharing the questions we have identified and some ideas about how we’ll do it.
But it’s Christmas! So for now I want to acknowledge the progress we and our partners have made in what has also been a busy, exciting and productive 2018.
Here are our highlights:
Exploring the future of funding & commissioning
Building on our ground-breaking report A Whole New World, written with Dr Toby Lowe, we have spent the past six months convening large-scale workshops around the country for commissioners, providers and funders who are developing more people-centered, collaborative approaches to funding and commissioning (a huge thank you to the Big Lottery Fund for their support for this work). There’s been lots of interest in these conversations (8000 views of the report and counting!), and in February will be publishing a new report which will be full of examples and practical steps for the many people who want to fund and commission in a way that reflects the complexity of social issues. Watch this space!
Progress in place-based system change with Barking & Dagenham and Lankelly Chase
We are two years into Lankelly Chase’s place-based system change inquirywith Barking and Dagenham, and this work has generated rich learning and insights which we will publish in 2019. We have worked at different levels within the system; some things have worked well and some things have been more challenging, but all of the work has taught us all something useful about what place-based system change and the Lankelly system behaviours really mean in the context of place. We hope that next year we will build on the progress made so far by building new collaborations to tackle some deep-rooted complex issues in the borough. This ‘grand challenge’ approach will draw on Mariana Mazzucato’s work about mission-orientated innovation and collaboration.
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Exploring the new world: practical insights for funding, commissioning and managing in complexity20/03/2019 13:20:00
Yesterday Collaborate CIC and Newcastle Business School (of Northumbria University) are excited to publish our new research into funding, commissioning and delivering in complex environments, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and Tudor Trust.
Notes From The Tield: Tackling Physical Inactivity in Essex14/02/2019 09:20:00
Blog posted by: Collaborate CIC, 13 February 2019.
So what difference does it make?06/02/2019 16:15:00
Since 2017 Collaborate has been working closely with partners in Tower Hamlets to develop a place-based borough plan and support a new Strategic Partnership Group.
A new year’s resolution by Collaborate28/01/2019 13:20:00
At the end of last year, the Collaborate team spent a day reflecting on what we are learning from our work and made a collective resolution for 2019: to be bold about the future we want to create.
Conversations, connections & collaboration17/12/2018 12:25:00
Last month, Collaborate supported large-scale cross-sector events focussing on health and care priorities in the London Boroughs of Croydon and Sutton. Below are our reflections on the value of these types of events and some critical considerations on design, delivery and follow-up.
Collaborate are hiring: Head of Practice12/12/2018 14:25:00
Collaborate is looking for an exceptional thought leader and practitioner who is inspired by our mission to establish the thinking, culture and practice of collaboration as a critical means of achieving social change within the UK.
Leading public services today: it’s tough out there30/11/2018 15:20:00
Collaborate blog post: 30 November 2018.
Collaborative providers31/10/2018 14:20:00
Delivering transformation in care and support for Scotland.