Partnership Working Across UK Public Services Edinburgh: What Works Scotland

Ailsa Cook, Tamara Mulherin, Karen Seditas

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Summary points
- Partnership working in UK public services is a complex process shaped by structural, cultural and social factors. Developing and sustaining effective
partnership working is challenging in this context.
- There is very little evidence linking partnership working in the UK public services to improved outcomes. This is, in part, because of the methodological challenges
associated with conducting robust evaluation work within such complex systems.
- The research evidence highlights a range of features of effective partnership working. How these features contribute to partnership effectiveness are shaped by
a number of factors, including the motivation for any partnership and the agencies and sectors involved.
- By considering the relevant literature in terms of inputs, activities and different levels of outcomes, this report highlights the features that need to be in place at
different points in the partnership journey for effective partnership working.
- There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions to improve partnership working. Organisations and individuals need to engage with the complex context in which they work to address structural, cultural and social factors influencing effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

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