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December 2014



Welcome to our Christmas newsletter.                                                                                 
2014 has been an exhilarating year for Collaborate, establishing new relationships with local, national and international partners including the LGA, Cabinet Office, UNDP, The Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), and a range of ‘unusual suspects’.  We have led thinking and practice on big issues ranging from managing overwhelming demand on public services in local contexts, creatively engaging citizens in re-shaping ‘services to the public’, and igniting a coalition of collaborators to affect social change with the phenomenal Unusual Suspects Festival.

“…I had the best day in a long time yesterday – refilled my hope that there is an alternative and I’m not the only one who thinks so…” (Local government executive)

However, resisting the urge to linger over a year that flies by freakishly quickly, Collaborate is looking forward to an equally busy 2015 in which we will be:

Let us know what you think of our Collaborator’s wishlist -  and we would love to hear what you would include as your main priorities for government, business, and society in 2015 and beyond.  Get in touch with the team at

Supporting Providers to be Partners in Scotland 

We were delighted this month to launch our new report on the future of social care services in Scotland.  ‘From Providers to Partners: what will it take?’ assesses the possibility of a more collaborative approach to commissioning, with strong, citizen-focused partnerships that build on the energy of recent events in the country.  Developed with the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS), the report sets down a marker for a future social care market that could really drive prevention, co-production and demand management.
Relationships between commissioning authorities and providers have become characterised by a ‘buyer-supplier’ dynamic conducted through procurement processes that inhibit, rather than advance, our shared agenda for better outcomes, greater collaboration and real partnership with people we support.” (Scottish voluntary sector leader)
For more details on the event, contact our partnerships manager Adelaide on
The Collaborate-UNDP Delivery Framework

Look out for our early year launch of a collaborative delivery framework in partnership with the UNDP’s Global Centre for Public Service Excellence.  Developed from a global perspective to support local practice, the framework offers a tool for policymakers and practitioners who want support for collaboration. To find out more about the framework and to discuss our local diagnostic approaches being utlilsed across the UK, contact our partnerships manager Adelaide on
We hope 2015 is a great year for collaboration as we come to terms with the complexities and dilemmas ahead.  Although we may have different items on our wishlists, we hope we share the same ambitions for quality services to the public.  Please get in touch if you think Collaborate can support your organisation, or to hear more about our work – we would love to hear from you.

In the meatime, wishing you a happy festive break!

The Collaborate Team






January 2015 - Launch of Collaborate Delivery Framework in partnership with UNDP 

Partner Events

February 2015 - in partnership with CCPS Scotland
'Providers as Partners: What will it take?'
Discussion event

24 February 2015 - in partnership with PwC
Skills, Jobs & Growth workshop




'From Providers to Partners: what will it take?'
Collaborate and CCPS Scotland

'From delivering services to collaborating for outcomes'
An essay from Dr Henry Kippin in Making Good - The future of the voluntary sector'
Civil Exchange

Demand Management
Dr Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council
Published in: The MJ

The voluntary sector and public services - from delivery to demand?
Dr Henry Kippin
Published in: New Philanthropy Capital


A Christmas list for collaborators
Dr Henry Kippin and Sarah Billiald
Published by NewStart Magazine

Global competitiveness needs local collaboration
Dr Henry Kippin
Published by Public Finance International

Disruption, change and the professional outsider
Toby Blume
Published by Toby Blume


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