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An introduction to working with other organisations including getting started and key stages.
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Voluntary and community sector organisations collaborate in many different ways. The benefits of successful collaboration include greater efficiency and use of resources, improved services, a stronger voice and influence and organisational sustainability. See more benefits and risks of collaboration.
Key stages of collaboration
Successful collaborative working does require investment of time and resources. Good preparation and an understanding of the processes involved will, no doubt, bring about a greater chance of success.
Think carefully whether collaborative working is appropriate for your organisation. Be clear about your own goals and understand your strategic environment. This will help you in identifying and approaching your partners. See should you collaborate?
Work closely with your partners to develop your collaboration. Draw up shared aims, structures and agreements and develop positive relationships.
Manage the collaboration effectively with a strong action plan and communications plan. Prepare yourself for any possible frustrating times ahead by building in effective problem solving and understanding some of the key challenges that may arise.
Review and learn from your collaborative experience and use your learnings to prepare a forward strategy.
- Collaboration for Commissioning (Locality)
- Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) - information on cross-sector partnership working
- - action research with particular expertise in collaborative working and mergers. Two particularly good publications: Getting ready for collaboration - learning from experience and Thinking About ... Merger
- Guardian Voluntary Q&A charity mergers and collaborations best bits (August 2011)
- How to collaborate (KnowHow how-to guide)