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Jun 26th, 2024

Collaborate’s Summer Newsletter

With a general election just a week away and the sun finally shining, we’re feeling optimistic over at Collaborate HQ. It’s been a busy few months…

Jun 25th, 2024

Moving away from ‘deliverology’

This article was originally published in the MJ, on the 18th June 2024 ‘I’ve been siloed for 39 and a half years!’ Thus said one of…

Jun 6th, 2024


What roles do we need to create and sustain ‘healthy’, collaborative systems? On July 3rd we will convene a group of ‘system stewards’ from civil…

May 15th, 2024

After six fantastic years, Anna is stepping down as our Chief Executive

Moving on and future opportunities After a brilliant and fulfilling 8 years at Collaborate, during which I have worked with the best and most innovative…

Apr 2nd, 2024

Building infrastructure to empower communities: Principles for a new approach to community research ethics

Collaborate has been working as learning partner to the British Science Association (BSA)’s Ideas Fund infrastructure grantees as they explore how to nurture a more…

Mar 25th, 2024


We are hosting our fifth and last conversation as part of our Guide to Collaboration series! In this session we are going to dive deeper…

Mar 12th, 2024

Nurturing a healthy system: Following where the energy goes

Further learning from our work with the British Science Association Since 2022 Collaborate has been supporting the British Science Association (BSA) to understand what a…

Feb 22nd, 2024

It’s not that deep: when collaboration is in name but not substance

Some common misconceptions about collaboration We’re an organisation that supports effective – purposeful, impactful – collaboration. It’s in our strap-line – collaboration for social change….

Jan 15th, 2024

Towards a Manifesto for Public Services Part 2

How can a new government support public service reform? As set out in my first blog, the public service reform work that is giving us…

Dec 19th, 2023

Collaborative highlights 2023

While 2023 has not been an easy one for anyone involved in public services and social change, the case for collaboration has never been stronger,…

Dec 12th, 2023

Towards a Manifesto for Public Services

Introduction After a dismal decade, public service reform is in vogue again. In anticipation of a change of government, last week saw the welcome launch…

Dec 4th, 2023

Collaborate’s commissioning offer: supporting commissioners to step into their role as enablers for social change

At Collaborate, we take a whole system approach to commissioning, supporting commissioners to step into their role as enablers for social change. We look beyond…

Oct 18th, 2023

Collaborating for Social Change: shared purpose & collaborative mindset

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

Sep 20th, 2023

Collaborating for Social Change: building collaborative behaviours

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

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…