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Survey of those shielding or supporting those shielding

By NICVA 3 Jun 2020 Seamus McAleavey

How is shielding affecting people and those supporting them? The Patient Client Council wants to find out.

Alliance Contracting - Building New Collaborations

By 8 Nov 2016

Alliance Contracting, is this the answer to radically change how public services are delivered through a partnership between Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector and the Public Sector?

Making Community Planning work for the people

By NICVA 8 Sep 2016

Newry, Mourne and Down Council, like all councils across Northern Ireland are engaged in a process that will make community planning the integral way we do things.  

CollaborationNI Bursary Fund closed

By NICVA 25 Jul 2016

Waterfront Hall, Belfast 10-11 October 2016 CollaborationNI is delighted to be managing a bursary fund from The Executive Office (TEO) for community and voluntary sector places at the Global Outcomes-Based Accountability Summit

Baptism of Fire! Supporting partnership working in Northern Ireland

By NICVA 2 Jun 2016

Over the past five years CollaborationNI has supported over 1,300 organisations in Northern Ireland to work in partnership.

Whole of Government Approaches

By NICVA 2 Mar 2016 Andrea Egan

What is a ‘whole of government’ approach and how does it encourage collaboration between the third and public sectors?

Will to Give - fundraising collaboration

By NICVA 10 Feb 2016

Sometimes a shared interest and a need for joined-up work between organisations can lead to the formation of a new VCSE organisation in order to best represent the interests of multiple member groups.       

Fermanagh House - shared premises

By NICVA 10 Feb 2016

Fermanagh House is a social enterprise owned by the Fermanagh Trust. This case study gives an example of how VCSE organisations can come together to share space and by doing so access greater resources than any one organisation could on its own.

Parenting NI and Family Mediation Northern Ireland - working together to best support service users

By NICVA 10 Feb 2016

This case study outlines the process undertaken by two organisations that were working collaboratively on an informal basis to develop a more strategic collaborative commitment to best support their service users.

Are you ready to Tender?

By NICVA 10 Feb 2016

Organisations which are effective at tendering invest heavily in preparation; they have many standard documents ready well in advance of the tender notice being issued. This 'readiness questionnaire' will help identify areas to action.

Checklist of Questions for Partners Considering Collaboration

By NICVA 10 Feb 2016

This checklist is a simple guide to typical questions each partner will need to ask when considering collaborative working.

Collaborative Tendering Action Plan

By NICVA 10 Feb 2016

This is a simple table for you and your partner organisations to list actions that need to be taken to develop or improve your approach to tendering, the timeline they will be completed within, and who in you collaboration will take the lead.

Organisational Readiness Action Plan

By NICVA 10 Feb 2016

In order to ensure your organisation(s) are ready to jointly tender invest time now preparing. This template outlines the key areas you will need to have addressed in advance to have the best chance of success when submitting a joint tender bid.

Governance Action Plan for Collaboration

By NICVA 10 Feb 2016

This template action plan will allow you to list the actions your organisation will need to take to be prepared for collaborative working, who will be responsible for each action, and when each action will be completed by.

Board Checklist for Planning Collaboration

By NICVA 10 Feb 2016

This board checklist is a simple guide to typical questions your board will need to ask when considering collaborative working.

Top Tips for Collaboration from Collaboration Champions

By NICVA 10 Feb 2016

Top tips for collaborating are shared by a few of our 'Collaboration Champions'; sector leaders who know first hand the challenges and benefits of working in collaboration.

CollaborationNI Top Marks For Providing Highly Effective Partnership Support

By NICVA 25 Jan 2016 Andrea Egan

Building Change Trust has published the independent evaluation of CollaborationNI Phase 2, we are delighted to have received such a postive evaluation on the bespoke service we provide.


By NICVA 13 Jan 2016

Interest in mergers across the VCSE sector is growing and these may be appropriate where organisations are sufficiently compatible. This guidance gives an overview of the merger process and uses local case studies to illustrate some of the challenges.

Joint Working for Public Service Delivery: a model of collaborative working

By NICVA 13 Jan 2016

This guidance is designed to assist VCSE organisations considering joint working arrangements to deliver public services. It highlights the importance of putting a collaboration agreement in place to outline how costs and responsibility will be shared.

Sharing Back Office Services

By NICVA 13 Jan 2016

A volatile financial environment and increasing operating expenses and demand for services are causing organisations to look at innovation and change. This guidance note explores ‘shared services’ and some of the processes, risks and benefits involved.

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