Collaboration is now used to the point it can become meaningless when it is in fact simple. It is the action of working together to achieve a shared goal more efficiently. This can mean collaborating internally or externally to deliver a service, a programme, or a policy more effectively.

Selecting the right approach to effective collaboration is essential to reap the benefits stemming from it. Through this highly interactive course, choose to collaborate strategically and learn the tools useful for implementing it.

Through a range of examples and discussions, this course highlights different collaboration levels, and the management and leadership skills necessary to foster both internal and external collaboration in your organisation. Learn how to identify key stakeholders, manage your relationship with them, act on your decisions, and proactively respond to potential challenges in collaborative relationships in your organisation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the different types of collaboration models
  • Recognise the behaviours that may enable or inhibit collaboration and understand how to work with these to achieve to maximise opportunities
  • Understanding different sector perspectives and priorities
  • Analyse and explore strategies to overcome obstacles and challenges associated with collaboration
  • Developing your personal skill set in relation to effective collaboration practices
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:45

Registration and Morning Refreshments

09:45 - 10:00

Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Identifying the challenges & opportunities of collaboration

10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 12:00

Creating the inertia for collaboration

  • Starting the discussions – fostering open and collaborative communication and engagement
  • Addressing the fears around collaboration – decision-making and coordination of actions
  • Inclusive performance review and feedback
12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:45

The best management for the most-effective collaboration

  • Stages of Collaboration
  • How you do business – what do you trade-in? Outcomes/Influence/resources/risk sharing?
  • The different collaborative levels: Information-sharing, co-operation, participation, or collaboration
  • Collaborative management practices
13:45 - 14:30

WORKSHOP: Ensuring efficient collaboration

  • Stakeholder analysis: understanding who you are collaborating with
  • Fit for purpose approaches for politicians, civil servants, advocates, other government-related agencies, etc.)
  • Managing the first approach, briefing, and meeting
  • Collaborative processes and decision-making: developing the employee skill-set
14:30 - 14:45

Afternoon Break

14:45 - 15:45

WORKSHOP: Developing your collaboration action-plan

 In this session, delegates will apply the day’s learning and devise a personalised action-plan on a short-, mid- and long-term strategy on how to more effectively collaborate within their own organisation.

15:45 - 16:00

Feedback and Close of Course