Collaborative Governance

collective governance is a model it's a way of bringing a group of stakeholders to a final decision in a very collaborative way but it's essentially both about collaboration but also and very strongly about decision making which is the what why the word governance comes into it I think there's a very key initial piece of advice which is about understand the model before you try to use it so the first step of the model is exactly that it's bringing the organization that wants to collaborate together to really explore their mindset about collaboration we have found over the years that people may well talk about collaboration but they haven't fully understood the implications if you collaborate with a group of people then you are to some degree relinquishing the command and control power that perhaps you actually enjoy if you share power in my view you become stronger but for some people that's counterintuitive and they find that to be quite a difficult space to step into governance is a new word that suddenly seems to come into our language about five or ten years ago before that if you use the Gov what if usually we're talking about government but over the last few years there's been more and more focus on the process of decision making who makes the decision on what basis do they make the decision that what information do they need to make sure they're making a wise decision all of that comes under the heading of governance and what we're talking about here is a very is it is a a model a journey that has a very definite end and the end is finding solutions to problems or answers to questions but we do it together and we take the journey together but there are very clear points in the journey milestones in the journey that we have to check ourselves off before we progressed to the next one and that gives a road map which sometimes give people a little bit of confidence that they can start the journey and one of our clients has called our model the Hope machine because it gives people hope at the beginning that there is a way to get to the end even though it may look a bit daunting to start with success at the beginning of the model looks a little bit unattainable that's why you need some confidence to start the process this model works when we really struggle to see how we can solve a particular problem or how we can create something that works for everyone some of the big problems in our society are starting to look a little bit challenging to solve some of the big ones that we're obviously talking about a lot these days I change obesity crime use and how to take youth from the fifteen-year-old excited exuberant young person to the adults of twenty five or thirty in those difficult years in the middle how do we help young people particularly young men to get through them and there are no easy answers there's no expert that can come in and give you a silver bullet to solve these problems the only way that you can solve them is to share them to open them up to have people understand the problem from a range of perspectives and then start working together to solve it so the governance aspect is being very clear what's where are we going what do we need to solve what does it look like from everybody's perspective what process can we use that helps us to understand who's going to make the decision who's going to have what role in that decision-making and how we're going to do it together then doing it then finding the solutions and the final step is about how do we implement those solutions if we own them then it's much easier for people who've been part of the decision-making process to step into the implementation to put the hands up and say I'll do that bit I can see what that means how that needs to be done I'd like to do that whereas if people don't own that solution much less likely to step into the implementation one of the examples that I think would be most useful is one in the health sector and more and more organizations particularly those people who are looking at primary health care and the health care that happens in the community rather than the health care that happens in hospitals and more and more patients that is consumers of health care are wanting more of a say in what services are delivered to us in our community and how can we access them we've been a bit physician focused doctor focused administrator focused in making decisions about what healthcare is appropriate and experts have a very definite role we can't exclude experts from decision making but experts don't know everything doctors don't know how people feel about their health care about where they want to get it in a particular community but it recognized that sometimes having to go to six different places to see six different healthcare providers is a frustration for people and if there could be a one-stop shop or that kind of a solution or a decision about how families can best access the services that they need it needs those consumers to be part of the decision-making to share the decision-making respectfully and unfortunately I do find from my experience that there are people who perhaps is very highly qualified in their own sphere who are very reluctant to bring less qualified people into decision making even when they obviously at least in my mind it's obvious that they have something to contribute so that sometimes the challenge their mindset or that appreciative mindset that says people have something to add to this and I want them in there you

Maurice Vega

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