This report explores the international literature on collaborative governance to identify factors that are important for people to contribute meaningfully to a successful collaborative governance process. The review is cross-disciplinary, drawing on ideas from business management, public administration, political science, learning theory, social psychology, mediation and facilitation.
The review covers several themes which might be crucial for a successful collaborative process:
- the lead into the collaborative process and the requirement for the process to have legitimacy
- how to optimise the development of the collaborative process to ensure success
- the commitment to: change and over-riding purpose; flexible leadership and shared authority; authentic dialogue; and the development of a learning culture
- the need to establish the achievement of ‘common ground’.