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Collaborate partners with TSIP to call for a Collaboration Evidence Hub

Collaborate and The Social Innovation Partnership are today launching a new paper, ‘Collaboration: from emerging science to evidence base’ that calls for the creation of a Collaboration Evidence Hun (CEH) – a new resource for practitioners, professionals, policy-makers, and the public that offers a systematic way of building and understanding evidence.  This...

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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.


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


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.


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


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’


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



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


We hold the tension inherent in all good collaborations by brokering relationships between individuals and across sectors, enabling collaborative problem solving



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



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

The global public services landscape remains in flux. In the aftermath of the biggest economic upheaval for generations, leaders around the world are raising profound questions about the role and purpose of government, and the scope and breadth of the public services provided to citizens. 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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A New Funding Ecology for Social Change

This report, authored by Dr Henry Kippin, looks at the role of the funding community in addressing social change initiatives and the independent funding community. Collaborate, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund launched the report at a breakfast meeting for social funders on the 23rd of April, 2015.

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From Providers to Partners: What Will It Take?

Collaborate launched a new report, co-published with the Coalition for Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS). This report, co-authored by Dr Henry Kippin and Rory Swinson Reid, examines the question of how to shift relationships between commissioners and providers into the territory of real collaboration. The answer includes a mixture of practical action

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Most popular reports

Managing Demand: Building Future Public Services

Managing Demand: Building Future Public Services explores the potential of Demand Management to address the unprecedented challenges of rising demand and changing demographics within a tough climate of fiscal constraints. This report was launched on 25 February 2014, with an expert panel of speakers including Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, and Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England.

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‘From delivering services to collaborating for outcomes’ – Making Good

Collaborate's Executive Director Dr Henry Kippin contributes to the debate about the future of the voluntary sector in a full volume of essays, Making Good: the future of the voluntary sector, which was published by Civil Exchange on 10 November 2014. This report includes expert contributions from third sector leaders inclduing NPC's Dan Corry, Locality's Steve Wyler, and ACEVO's Sir Stephen Bubb about the current challenges facing the sector and creative solutions for its continued growth.

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Latest blog posts

New care models: To keep up, the NHS must shift focus in three ways

Changes in the NHS are happening at a local level. This will lead to the re-shaping of the system around new care models. To keep up the NHS must shift focus to demand, place and collaborators say Lord Victor Adebowale and colleagues Sir Michael Marmot’s famous statistic estimating that only...

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An Ecosystem of Social Change – new roles for independent funders?

In April, Collaborate launched a new report in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund (the Fund) and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch). Supporting Social Change: A New Funding Ecology, which was based on interviews with leading independent funders, suggests a framework for change that could help the sector look beyond...

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Latest tweets

Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 12:21pm
A vision for better cross-sector #collaboration is nothing without the means to deliver. Your thoughts? @TSIPtweets
Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 5:33am
Is it time to look at evidence for #collaboration differently? Share your views. Read new report with @TSIPtweets
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 3:03pm
RT @NPCthinks: #Collaboration: from emerging science to evidence base? Interesting paper frm @TSIPtweets & @Collabor
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 12:21pm
How do you design an effective #evidencehub for cross-sector #collaboration? Get in touch if you're interested
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 8:05am
RT @h_kippin: An evidence base for collaboration in public services? @CollaborateIns @TSIPtweets cc @themjcouk @Guardian_local…

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