Community interest company Collaborate outlines its intentions

Based at London South Bank University and founded by John Tizard, the CIC plans to research and analyse the conditions that lead to better collaboration

John Tizard, founding director of Collaborate
John Tizard, founding director of Collaborate

A new community interest company promoting more effective collaboration between the public, business and social sectors is today launching a document outlining its plans.

Collaborate, which is based at and will operate in partnership with London South Bank University, will work with practitioners, academics and policymakers to carry out research and analysis on conditions, processes and behaviour that can lead to better collaboration.

Its other aims include creating an accessible ‘library’ of good practice, offering professional development programmes and contributing to the development of public policy and practice.

Collaborate is launching the document, Collaborating for Better Outcomes, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in London.

It is negotiating initial funding of more than £300,000 a year for three years from the foundation, LSBU, the contracting firm Serco, the National Housing Federation and Anthony Collins Solicitors.

The independent CIC has three members of staff: a full-time administrator, a part-time programme director and a part-time director. Lord Victor Adebowale, chief executive of the health and social care charity Turning Point, is chair of Collaborate’s council. Dame Mary Marsh, director of the Clore Social Leadership Programme is among those who will sit on the council.

John Tizard, founding director of Collaborate, said there was increasing recognition that complex social and economic problems could not be solved by any one agency or any one sector, so collaboration between sectors would be increasingly important in future.

"Social sector organisations must be treated with respect and as equals by public and business sector partners – and treated fairly," he said. "Third sector bodies can, in the right circumstances, gain much from collaboration but must be true to their missions and values. Collaborate will promote values-based collaboration and address the obstacles."

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