“In spite of unprecedented levels of policy-driven interest in collaborative working involving voluntary and community organisations (VCOs), we know from our work that individuals and organisations can experience practical difficulties when trying to work collaboratively with others.
They face searching questions, such as:
• Who should we collaborate with and why?
• What form should collaboration take?
• What do we need to do to make collaboration worthwhile?
• How can we minimise the tensions which seem to accompany attempts to enact change in organisations?
In an attempt to shed some light on these enduring puzzles of VCOs, we decided to look across our portfolio of research over our first 10 years and synthesise our findings from the projects we completed in that period.”