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Collaboration Action Fund Evaluation Report

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Joanne James



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a report that has been published in its final definitive form by Business School, Newcastle University, 2019.

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Collaboration is a commonly selected approach as a means of addressing complex social issues that require multi-agency solutions. Collaboration offers a means of sharing resources such as expertise or facilities to target shared goals too ambitious for a single organisation to achieve. However, research suggests that collaborative efforts are often complex and prone to failure (Vangen, 2016). This research follows eight new partnerships over a 10 month period to explore their learning and to gain insights into collaborative approaches. The study adopts a visual methodology of photo-elicitation to enable participants to represent their understandings of collaboration and share their learning with each other. The partnerships developed their appreciation of the complexities of collaboration over time. Participants noticed the significance of investing time to find alignment of vision, mission and goals, building trusting relationships and uncovering conflict.

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Author(s): James J

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Unpublished

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Year: 2019

Pages: 9

Institution: Business School, Newcastle University

Contents: This report captures emerging themes of insight and learning elicited from the participants and facilitators involved in the Collaboration Action Fund partnerships Feb–Nov 2019. The report focusses on participants’ perceptions of what it would mean to collaborate at the start of the partnerships contrasted with a synthesis of their learning 10 months later as part of a collective celebration event.