GO Lab’s Rallying Together report now out
Did you make it to the launch event for GO Lab’s “Are We Rallying Together?” report last week? No worries if you didn’t — you may have missed a quality shin-dig in a great venue, but you can at least enjoy the report itself, which has now been published in full.
Authoired by Jo Blundell, Franziska Rosenbach, Tanyah Hameed and Clare FitzGerald, the report “looks at how local authorities are joining forces with their local communities to overcome complex social problems [and exploring] 10 cases across the UK to understand why authorities are choosing to collaborate, as well as how they are doing so.” (If you’re thinking that theme sounds familiar, that might be because it’s not a million miles away from the TLAP network’s study of ways to reimagine social care, nor from Collaborate CIC’s exploration of commissioning in the context of complexity… perhaps there’s something in the air?)
The GO Lab is an influential player in the sector, so it’s worth paying attention to what they say. The report addresses four major questions:
Why collaborate? “We found that collaboration has broad appeal as a solution to intractable social problems that we struggle to address as a society.”
What do collaborations look like? “We built a typology for collaboration that we use to categorise the different sites.”
How is collaborative working ingrained? “We share four ingredients have emerged from our work as key to determining the success of a collaborative effort.”
How do we demonstrate success and ensure accountability?