Interagency Collaboration in Barnsley: Lessons from the BMBC-Police collaborative journey and future directions

This event is hosted by the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), Sheffield University Management School


Over the past 12 months a team of researchers from the IWP have teamed up with the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) and Barnsley Police on a research project to learn from the Barnsley initiatives for promoting interagency collaboration.

We would like to take this opportunity to share our findings and insights from the project and invite leaders and practitioners interested in interagency collaboration to share their experiences and help us explore the practical implications of the findings from our project.


09:00-09:30 Arrivals – Coffee/refreshments

09:30-10:45 Project overview and main findings

10:45-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Interactive workshop – reflections and future directions

12:30-13:30 Lunch/networking



Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield S10 3ER

Project title

Interagency collaboration in the public sector: Understanding how to build bridges for delivering welfare in the community

Project overview

Interagency collaborative platforms (spaces, partnerships, networks) are increasingly being established as a means of public sector organisations meeting the challenges of improving service delivery and reducing costs. However, research on these inter-organisational initiatives to date has been underdeveloped, with the focus predominantly at the organisational level.

This project aims to investigate the core role of work-related factors and individual staff attitudes to such initiatives, and evaluate the impact of them on employee and organisational outcomes. We employed qualitative multi-wave methods to investigate a public sector collaborative platform involving South Yorkshire Police (Barnsley) and BMBC agencies.

The project outcomes will help generate a richer empirical understanding of the employee factors at play in this context, generate recommendations to enhance collaboration and provide a better-informed foundation for a broader, national-level proposal for the study of interagency collaborative platforms.

Funding: This 17-month project has been awarded £9631 from BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

Investigating team: Kamal Birdi, Laura Dean, Samuel Farley, Kristin Hildenbrand, Evelyn Lanka, Karina Nielsen, Queyu (Quennie) Ren, Tobias Stadler, Anna Topakas, Peter Warr (all IWP).

Event Details

When: July 20, 2018 at 9:00am—1:30pm

Where: Halifax Hall Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10 3ER

Type: Alumni, Student, Business

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