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Sep 14th, 2023

Learning resource: changing local systems to improve Early Learning Outcomes

Collaborate and NPC have published a new report sharing key insights from Save the Children’s Early Learning Communities programme. It is designed to be a…

Sep 13th, 2023

Connecting people and places: how local authorities can work across place-based systems to alleviate loneliness

Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health for East Sussex, has just published his annual report ‘Connecting People and Places: Bringing communities together in East Sussex’….

Aug 30th, 2023

Collaborate CIC and Involve are working together as an External Scrutiny Team during the development of the new 2024-2028 Grenfell Support Programme

We are an independent team, external from the Council, appointed to work with bereaved, survivors and the immediate local community, to ensure their voices are…

Aug 30th, 2023

Come and join our free online event exploring collaborative behaviours

Following the launch of our Guide to Collaboration, we invite you to join us for a series of lunchtime conversations exploring the six foundations of…

Aug 23rd, 2023

Collaborate’s Summer Newsletter

Conversations and Connections Hosting conversations to spark debate and inspire collective action are a big part of the work we do here at Collaborate. The…

Aug 21st, 2023

How Greater Manchester has achieved together things they could not have achieved alone

“Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and its constituent member councils are the undisputed pioneers of English devolution. This success is built on a long history…

Aug 21st, 2023

Collaborating for Social Change: building healthy, trusting relationships

Insights from the first of a series of conversations exploring the six foundations for effective collaboration We recently launched our Guide to Collaboration, a short…

Jun 29th, 2023

How Redbridge Council enabled collaboration with communities by building a learning-led, self-managing team 

Redbridge Council hopes to build a different kind of relationship with local people by creating new physical spaces that combine services (like libraries, children’s services…

Apr 26th, 2023

Exploring equity, diversity and inclusion with Human Learning Systems practitioners.

Reducing inequity is a complex and ongoing struggle and one that requires our commitment and persistence. As the Human Learning System (HLS) approach develops, we…

Apr 26th, 2023

Collaborate’s Spring Newsletter

Spring is in the air, and we have a lot of good news to share from Collaborate HQ! Firstly, we’ve published a new – and…

Apr 3rd, 2023

A Guide to Collaboration: the what, why and how of collaborating

Today we’re pleased to publish A Guide to Collaboration: one of the simplest, and also the hardest, things we’ve ever written at Collaborate! Hard because…

Mar 17th, 2023

Putting learning and collaboration at the heart of local systems change funding

Further insights from our work with the British Science Association In January we shared the framework we’ve developed alongside the British Science Association (BSA), exploring…

Jan 31st, 2023

Building a collaborative future

The perils of perma-crisis Times are hard. We know the headlines: climate crisis, the enduring impacts of Covid, the cost of living, war in Europe,…

Jan 9th, 2023

Beyond project funding: how can funders nurture healthy systems?

Collaborate has been working with the BSA to help them identify what a healthy system for public engagement with research looks like, and develop a funding programme to support this. This is the first in a series of blogs to share our learning so far.

Dec 14th, 2022

Systems stewardship in practice: What it is and how to get started

Are you trying to collaborate across organisational boundaries but getting stuck due to entrenched behaviours, structures and ways of working? The emerging practice of systems…

Nov 29th, 2022

Embedding our values through driving more inclusive recruitment

What does it mean to try to embed values and culture in practice throughout our organisation to help further our mission to build a more…

Nov 8th, 2022

How flooding spurred a rethink of the relationship between citizen and state in Test Valley

In our recent work with Test Valley Council, we found it inspirational to learn about how they’ve developed relationships with local communities and embedded this…

5 min read Oct 17th, 2022

How can funders really shift power to communities? By losing control

Collaborate’s mission and work is focused on helping create a more collaborative and equitable society. In partnership with The Social Change Agency, Collaborate co-convenes the ‘Losing…

Oct 12th, 2022

Learning from young people’s vision for public services. (TLDR: It’s not New Public Management)

Chloë Darlington, Policy and Communications Manager at Children England contributes this guest blog during Human Learning Systems Week. Children England’s mission is to change the world…

Aug 9th, 2022

Covid showed us collaboration is for life, not just for pandemics

Anna Randle, Collaborate’s CEO, asks what did we learn from the pandemic and how can this help us build healthier communities now? The pandemic is an…