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Executive summary - Collaborative capability in the mental health and addiction sector literature review

To understand what makes collaborations successful Te Pou and Platform Trust undertook a literature review to explore the values, behaviours and approaches of what this means for the workforce as well as developing collaborative organisations.

The review aims to provide clarity and direction for the mental health and addiction sector around collaboration and partnerships. The emphasis is on the development of collaborative capability: across and within communities of people, culture, practice and place. The review considers collaboration through three lenses:

  • citizen engagement
  • collaborative capability
  • technical approaches to partnerships.

This is the Executive Summary of the literature review.

The literature review is available to download in its entirety or each chapter of the review is available to be downloaded separately:

There is also an infographic that summarises key information taken from this literature review.

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