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Partnership working (Third Sector Research Centre Research Report, 88)

Working paper that summarises the findings of a research project into third sector partnerships for public service delivery.

The research was based on five case studies of organisations involved in public service delivery in different policy fields including housing, welfare, and employment services, preceded by a period of scoping research with national interviewees.

Overall the research aimed to explore three main themes – the forms of partnership working that exist, partnerships, strategic alliances and mergers within the sector, and innovation and learning from partnership working. The case studies were very diverse, and this paper synthesises the main findings across the cases in four logical sections: meanings of partnership; structures, drivers and barriers; processes and organisational change, and impacts of partnership.

James Rees
David Mullins
Tony Bovaird
Third Sector Research Centre