Collaborative working covers a variety of ways that two or more organisations can work together. Options range from informal networks and alliances, through to the joint delivery of projects.
Collaborative working can last for a fixed length of time or can form a permanent arrangement. What these options have in common is that they involve some sort of exchange, for mutual advantage, that ultimately benefits end users.
In recent years, interest in collaborative working has been growing, driven by the sector’s drive for effectiveness and efficiency, government policy and public opinion.
Working with others can offer opportunities to:
- deliver new, improved or more integrated services
- make efficiency savings through sharing costs
- develop a stronger, more united voice
- share knowledge and information.
Give an example of a project you have worked on collaboratively or take the opportunity to work collaboratively– what did you learn? What would you do differently? How is collaborative working help you to achieve your objectives?
Provide evidence of this to be shared with the network.
Case Studies on Collaboration
The Five Governance Approaches:
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