Centre for Partnering Group

A network of universities exploring the value and benefits of effective partnerships

A centre for excellence into research, development and implementation of innovative approaches to partnership working.

The Centre for Partnering Group is a network of universities who have agreed to work together to explore the value of social and economic benefits of effective partnerships.

A relational approach to collaboration and partnership

Local authorities over past years have radically reduced their expenditure through the imposition of ‘austerity’ measures leading to a concern over their ability to continue to support their communities post-Brexit. Now with the arrival of the terrible Covid-19 this concern must be even greater.

The Centre for Partnering is developing the notion of a relational approach to collaboration and partnership in local public services particularly the importance of a relational culture.

Given these challenges it is imperative that the partnering of the public/private and voluntary sectors combine effectively to deliver enhanced future capacity. The Centre for Partnering addresses the importance of ‘relationalism’ – that is putting the need to form relationships first and sometimes ahead of those legal, financial, social, political and economic factors that influence partnering outcomes.

The CfP will also address many of the ‘wicked issues’ involved in improving this partnering culture. That is to say more transparency and joint working to find solutions and crucially build more trust.

A wide network of individuals and organisations have come together with thoughts and ideas to support to the idea of the establishment of the Centre for Partnering. This is a new ‘Think Tank’ led by four Universities from across the UK. We are hoping others may join our cause soon. These academic institutions challenge us to imagine a world working together in a relational culture where the public / private and voluntary sectors all come together with common purpose.

Network members

The university members of the network are committed to contributing to the Centre for Partnering as a centre for excellence into research, development and implementation of innovative approaches to partnership working. The Centre for Partnering Group will become a network of individuals and organisations which attracts partnerships between:

  • A diverse range of academic institutions across the UK and internationally;

  • Public sector organisations and think tanks which share the objectives of the Centre for Partnering.

  • Private and third sector organisations committed to innovation in partnership working.

Latest blogs

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Public service partnering

Back in June our friends and colleagues at the excellent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) produced another high quality report on the evolving thinking around models of public private contracting.

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The changing nature of relationships

We hear much about the changing nature of relationships. In a COVID world and in respect of “lockdown” we have all had to find new digital ways to communicate be it personal or commercial.

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Why do we need the Centre for Partnering?

The idea of partnering covers a wide range of public policy issues which are the centre of academic and policy debate. That partnering is central to public policy is partly an inherent feature of open and mixed political and economic systems.

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