This page is an overview of our work with CollaborationNI over a three year period.
CollaborationNI is an independent support and advice service for voluntary organisations in Northern Ireland, funded by Building Change Trust. We have been supporting this initiative, as advisers and then evaluators, since 2013.
Drawing on survey data and interviews from around 130 organisations supported by CollaborationNI, we can paint an independent picture of collaborative working between voluntary organisations in Northern Ireland.
100 survey respondents
6 case studies
CollaborationNI Supports voluntary organisations to:
- Develop or strengthen a network or alliance
- Form a new group structure or umbrella body
- Jointly influence and campaign
- Share staff, resources and/or space
- Share information or establish systems for cross-referral of beneficiaries
- Jointly fundraise
- Prepare/apply for consortia tendering
- Jointly deliver services
Delivering better outcomes for beneficiaries
Funding pressures/organisational survival
Positive features of support
Independent and impartial – ‘the honest broker’
Professional and knowledgeable
Dealing with differences
Developing a shared vision
Designing appropriate structures
More able and willing to collaborate
Links to behaviour change: more confident and more trusting
Service gaps addressed
Enhanced advocacy and influence
Retention of some key services and streamlining of others
CollaborationNI: The impact of collaboration on service users
Ben Cairns, Miranda Lewis
Our latest report for Building Change Trust looks at whether collaboration, and support for it, produces benefits for beneficiaries.
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