8th June 2018

Genio has been featured in a new report  “Cross-sector collaboration for better social outcomes”, published by the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) and MAZE, a Portuguese Social Finance intermediary. The report looks at projects where the public, private and social sectors collaborate in different ways (e.g. financially, operationally, etc.), working towards common societal objectives and outcomes. The report draws on live cases to explore the implications of cross-sector collaboration, preconditions for success, governance arrangements, actionable learnings and key challenges.

The report finds that "Effective cross-sector collaboration enables new approaches and techniques to be deployed...... By harnessing the skills and resources of different players, cross-sector collaboration brings additionality through innovation and implementation of new services that deliver better social outcomes."

EVPA mapped over 30 different examples of cross-sector collaboration throughout Europe. A representative group of 13 cases was identified, including Genio, and included in this report. The following success factors for cross-sector collaboration were identified:

  1. Boldness: tackling complex social challenges demands bold leadership, willingness to iterate and great flexibility to learn and adjust along the way. Successful projects generate momentum for a cross-sector partnership to engage in innovative or even disruptive strategies.
  2. Responsible leadership in cross-sector partnerships: initiatives where the leading partner assumes an inclusive approach seem to achieve larger impact. Irrespective of its sector – social, public or private – the leading partner must be able to involve all other project partners in setting the objectives, implementing the action and measuring outcomes. This will increase the chances of success of the project and help it achieve greater outcomes.
  3. Engagement and co-creation: the more each party is engaged in the process, the more traction it can generate. A strong sense of co-creation fosters a strong motivation and alignment of incentives. Taking time to build the relationship between all parties and building the case for collaboration from the outset is crucial before entering a project.
  4. Making a match: initiators must find the right partners to cooperate with, in order to ensure a well-running design and implementation of cross-sector collaboration for social outcomes. Often, the right partners are not necessarily the most senior, but the most committed.

View the report “Cross-sector collaboration for better social outcomes”.

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