To establish a long-term research partnership to transform the way a leading residential and community care provider delivered its services.
Baptcare, in collaboration with RMIT Centre for Applied Social Research
After promising discussions between leaders at both BaptCare and RMIT, it was time to bring the teams together to shape an ambitious, long-term collaboration between a leading social service agency and an applied social research centre. With a shared goal to strengthen the evidence base that underpins social service delivery and funding models for systemic change. These keen collaborators needed to create a Partnership Agreement to set themselves up for success from the start.
Over the course of two months, our collaboration experts worked with each organisation to understand their goals and needs before co-designing and facilitating two workshops for 10-15 people with the RMIT internal partnership broker. The workshops were interspersed with co-design sessions by sub-groups to develop key aspects of their Partnership Agreement.
A Partnership Agreement created clarity in their shared and individual goals and also created the basis for shared effort and understanding of what they could expect from their fellow collaborators. Across three time horizons of research, their vision for innovation stretched from immediate, small actions, through advocacy and systemic influence to big, future impact in their respective fields of practice. The result: a team energised and able to get started doing the work, confident in the foundations of their collaboration.
Engaged Partners, Shared Effort, Inspired Innovation
The Best Bit:
We were privileged to be brought in to support this ambitious and committed group of people to frame a vision and model of governance and operations to enable these two large and influential organisations to adapt throughout the life of their multi-year collaboration. It goes to show what’s possible with the right support, deep commitment and a big heart.