Effective partnership working lies at the heart of much of public and social sector activity. There are a whole range of benefits in agencies working well together – at its best, partnership working can transform people’s lives and release efficiencies through shared investment. In these tough times, it is all the more important to retain this focus – to achieve improved outcomes with less money, partnership working is vital.
We understand the complexities of partnership working across agencies and have worked with many strategic partnerships to build effective relationships and robust governance arrangements to enable them to work well together in a complex and challenging environment.
- Facilitation of effective joint working by multi-agency strategic partnerships – strengthening partnership identity and cohesion, clarifying common purpose, common values and common language. An agreed set of values and a clear vision of where it is heading and how, can turn a group into a highly functioning team.
- Support with agreements – from facilitating strategic conversations between organisations, to developing formal governance arrangements and partnership agreements.
- Support to develop strategic alliances and consortia between social sector provider organisations tendering for business together, to ensure strong and well co-ordinated service delivery. We can develop collaborative arrangements with formal underpinning such as memoranda of understanding and working protocols.
- Facilitation of strategic discussions between commissioners and social sector providers to secure a common understanding of the outcomes funders and commissioners are looking for, and the service design that will deliver them. We work with both sectors and have been highly effective in achieving smooth working arrangements.