Collaborate update, April 2014 
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Citizens, Services and Looking Beyond the Usual Suspects  

Welcome to our April newsletter.  The last month has been about widening the lens for Collaborate, with a fascinating workshop at the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, and exciting news that we will be co-hosting a series of global events in autumn with the Social Innovation Exchange.  Closer to home, we are thrilled to be launching our latest report this month in partnership with Ipsos MORI.  More on the ‘Collaborative Citizen’ below.  
Learning from other parts of the world is something we should do more of.  Yet public policy is often accused of drawing on the usual suspects for new ideas, and looking beyond this is often difficult.  So we were delighted to deliver the keynote address in a UNDP workshop in Singapore in March, which asked how the ‘collaborative capacity’ of public services could be unlocked.  We will be drawing on lessons from the experience in a forthcoming report.  It reflects the fact that collaboration, innovation and better ways of engaging with communities lie at the centre of much new thinking on public services – but are a big challenge to the way many systems currently work. 

One thing most of us agree on is that the public should play a central role in shaping the services they receive.  Yet how can this be made a reality?  Are the public ready?  Are government and service providers living up to their roles?  And what should be the new ‘terms of engagement’ between citizens, state, market and society?
We explore these questions in 'The Collaborative Citizen' – a powerful new report published later this month in partnership with Ipsos MORI featuring contributions from myself and Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Julia Unwin CBE of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Dr Greg Parston of Imperial College London, and Ipsos MORI’s Ben Page.
The report debates vital questions on the role of the public and the behaviour of providers.  They should be high in the minds of policymakers as we head into manifesto season.  For more information about the work, please get in touch with my colleague Adelaide at  In the meantime, have a great Easter break.
Dr Henry Kippin, Director


Collaborate partners with Transition Institute for Spin-Outs Conference

Collaborate, the Transition Institute, and the University of Northampton are hosting a ‘Needs and Wants of UK Spin-Outs’ conference on 7 May.  The conference will launch research conducted in partnership with the University of Northampton, looking at the benefits, challenges, and controversies of the spin-out sector.  Dr Richard Hazenburg will be presenting his findings, based primarily on 1:1 interviews with spin-out sector organisations, with speakers that include Andrew Burnell (Chief Executive of City Health Care Partnerships), Adenike Titiloye (Managing Director, Catalyst Mutual Social Enterprise), Allison Ogden-Newton and Lord Victor Adebowale.  Please keep an eye on the website to see the published report in the coming weeks.


Working Together in Children and Young People Services

Collaborate and The Social Innovation Partnership (TSIP) are excited to host the first of a series of seminar events on 6 May, focussing on collaboration in Children and Young Peoples Services.  Speakers from across the sector, will test the strengths of collaboration through real-life case studies and open discussion around maximising the benefits of collaborative working.  The insights, observations, and experience shared in this forum will contribute to the development of a long-term evidence hub, as well as a jointly authored seminal piece of work exploring evidence of collaboration in delivering services across different sectors.  The next two seminars in this series will focus on health & social care services, and employment.  To register your interest for the seminars please email  

Save the Date!

'Shaping Demand', Spring Series Conference
iNetwork, Manchester

'The Collaborative Citizen' Media Launch
In partnership with Ipsos MORI

'Evidence in Collaboration: Building the Case and Maximising the Benefits', 
3 seminar event series in partnership with TSIP:

06/05 - Children & Young People
29/05 - Health & Social Care
18/06 - Employment & Skills 

'Needs and Wants of UK Spin-Outs' Conference
In partnership with Transition Institute

Past Events 

Beyond Nudge: Demand Management 

Research launch in partnership with the Local Government Association, iMPOWER, Economic and Social Research Council and Collaborate.
8:30am-11am, RSA

Shared Risk, Shared Reward? Toward a Collaborative Risk Framework for Public Services

Risk Round-table event (invite only)
8:30am-10am, Collaborate

Readiness for a complex commissioning environment

A Collaborate & Institute for Government launch
6pm-7:30pm, Institute for Government


Contracting for Outcomes?
Article by Henry Kippin & Tom Gash
Published in Ethos Journal

By 2020, Public Services will be about managing demand not supply
Article by Henry Kippin & Anna Randle
Published in The Guardian

For Young People, Collaboration is worth the risk
Henry Kippin & Rosie Ferguson
Published in NewStart Magazine

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