As a collaborative policy practitioner...

you establish relationships and partnerships internally and externally, seek consensus and co-create solutions.

Why is this important?

  • To highlight the possibilities for joint efforts by sharing information.
  • To more effectively deploy limited resources and generate more benefits.
  • To establish bridges between the various sectors as well as between government departments and society.
  • To understand the source of the boundaries between groups and between projects and to minimize them in order to circulate information.
  • To strengthen and use existing relationships.
  • To better align the efforts of various players, the various means deployed and the work processes based on the problem to be resolved and the objectives to be achieved.
  • To better understand the organizational needs and establish profitable connections between the organizations involved in the delivery of a service in order to put in place optimal solutions. 

What new avenues does this open?

  • Mobilizing multiple players in a meaningful and effective manner around a problem.
  • Improving coordination, dialogue and mutual engagement by sharing ideas and information.
  • Dealing with complex problems by making use of the strengths of all players.
  • Taking into account the needs of the stakeholders at all stages of a project.
  • Expanding operational capacity.
  • Strengthening the legitimacy of the strategic objectives and supporting their achievement.
  • Encouraging the pursuit of a common objective and strengthening engagement for unified action.
  • Constructing authentic and sustainable relationships from a large spectrum of players.
  • Disseminating information to offer a common base of knowledge to parties who are not in the habit of collaborating with each other.
  • Helping the parties to better understand one another by using common language and communicating openly, clearly and in a constructive manner on points of friction or elements of divergence. 

Without this skill, what obstacles present themselves?

  • Lack of trust and mutual respect.
  • Misunderstandings and conflicts.
  • Competition for resources and their use.
  • Effort duplication.
  • Risk of obscuring the inter-dependency between government departments and sectors in the area of service delivery and performance.
  • Simplistic vision of the world and consideration of a restricted number of points of view.
  • Obstacle to any form of innovation.
  • Lack of project legitimacy.
  • Low support from the stakeholders who have been ignored.
  • Work limited to simple and linear problems. 

Examples of behaviours and aptitudes to be adopted

  • Working on common objectives.
  • Understanding the organization’s overall objectives and the importance of working together with other fields to achieve these objectives.
  • Analyzing failures to learn lessons; celebrating and communicating successes.
  • Going beyond the members of your team and actively seeking contributions from other players.
  • Openly expressing your opinions, listening to those of others and not being afraid to change your mind.
  • Recognizing and strengthening collaborations with various sectors that are essential to success.
  • Freely sharing knowledge and information.
  • Engaging with various stakeholders by keeping in mind the limits of policies and their scope.
  • Adopting collaborative approaches, such as co-creation, in order to bring people together and integrating ideas, keeping in mind the limits and scope of the initiatives and projects undertaken.
  • Encouraging the sharing of responsibilities through active listening, iterations and the recognition of organizational needs.
  • Establishing connections between the policy problem, the options and the implementation in order to make sure the solution is doable.
  • Listening to and accepting the ideas of others. 

Examples of behaviours to be avoided

  • Risk of working in silos.
  • Tendency of giving priority to management directives, to the detriment of the organization's objectives and the quality of the public service.
  • Lack of openness to possible partnerships and contributions by other people.
  • Withholding of information.
  • Restrained relations between co-workers, limited to the expression of your needs and requests for information.