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Interagency collaborations between Criminal justice and Welfare services: Maximising the impact of the COLAB project in Norway

Awarded: NOK 0.95 mill.

Effective collaboration is needed between welfare and correctional services for successful prisoner rehabilitation and reduced reoffending rates. The COLAB project developed an understanding of current collaborative practices between services and proposed tools that could promote collaboration and innovation in the criminal justice context. It also presented a framework describing the challenges of intersectoral and international research consortia. COLAB FORSTERK aimed to maximise the impact of the above findings on Norwegian practice professionals, trainee professionals and researchers. It does so through addressing 4 main objectives: Objective 1: to develop, using the award winning Norwegian news report - the Siw case- a podcast series of COLAB research results. Objective 2: To disseminate COLAB findings through the distribution of the podcast series to Norwegian frontline professionals, service, leaders, trainee professionals and researchers. Objective 3: to connect the international, intersector expertise of COLAB researchers, in organisational learning, innovation and collaboration in the criminal justice system, to existing Norwegian researcher networks in the field Objective 4: to share experiences and strategies in implementing large scale EU research consortia through delivery of a webinar targeting Norwegian leaders of large scale EU funded research projects Progress up to September 2021: To date, the project team has focused on two podcasts of COLAB research findings. The first focuses on the effective strategies Norwegian professionals in prison settings currently employ to manage interprofessional collaborations. The podcast presents the findings of: * Murphy et al. (2021) Living With -Interagency Collaboration - Three Sustaining Practices In Improving Collaboration, Innovation And Organisational Learning In Penal Systems, Sarah Hean, Berit Johnsen, Anu Kajamaa And Laure Kloetzer (Eds) London: Palgrave The second podcast focuses on an adaptation of the Change Laboratory method as a particular tool for promoting collaboration, innovation and organisational learning in the criminal justice setting. The podcast covers the findings of: *Hean et al, (2021) A Colab Model Of Workplace Transformation In The Criminal Justice Context In Improving Collaboration, Innovation And Organisational Learning In Penal Systems, Sarah Hean, Berit Johnsen, Anu Kajamaa And Laure Kloetzer (Eds) London: Palgrave Key concepts and research findings from these chapters have been extracted and translated into Norwegian by a communication officers trained in journalism/media. These concepts have been illustrated using selected extracts from the chapters of the award winning Stavanger Afenbladet report of the Siw case. Further, a summary of key challenges in running cross sector co-operations were presented to the Rogaland Regional Welfare Network (Nettverk for velferdsforskning) in September 2021. It drew on the COLAB Coordinators experiences of managing the COLAB consortium and other spin off projects. This drew particularly on publications exploring, through the theoretical lens of the contact hypothesis, the management of international and interdisciplinary research consortia such as COLAB: *Hean S., Skippervik L.J., Heslop R., Stevens C. (2021) Reflecting on Researcher/Practice Relationships in Prison Research: A Contact Hypothesis Lens. In: Hean S., Johnsen B., Kajamaa A., Kloetzer L. (eds) Improving Interagency Collaboration, Innovation and Learning in Criminal Justice Systems. London: Palgrave It also explores the challenges of managing global North-Global South research projects *Hean, S. (in press) Chapter 10: Interprofessional collaboration and research networking in Global North-Global South Partnerships In Change Agents Editors: Siv E.N. Sæbjørnsen, Mariana Makuu, and Atle Ødegård (Oslo: Universitetsforlaget) This seminar presentation was a pilot for a seminar to be held nationally in 2022.

Effective collaboration between welfare and correctional services is needed for successful prisoner rehabilitation and reduced reoffending rates. The COLAB project aimed to improve these collaborations. It delivered frameworks describing current collaborative practices between services and tools with potential in the criminal justice contex to promote collaboration and innovation. It developed frameworks describing how intersectoral and international research consortia can be better managed and challenges facing academic research collaborations in the criminal justice setting. COLAB FORSTERK aims to increase access of Norwegian practice professionals, trainee professionals and researchers to the expertise of the COLAB consortium and the knowledge it has developed. COLAB FORSTERK does this through delivery of four main activities: *podcast series summarising COLAB findings using a Norwegian case history "the SIW case" (Activity 1) *webinar with Norwegian research leaders sharing experiences of implementing EU research consortia (Activity 2) *presentations on COLAB findings to Norwegian centric conferences (Activity 3) *knowledge exchange meetings with key established Norwegian research networks in prison research, organisational development and service design (Activity 4). The activities builds collaboration and innovation competence in Norwegian criminal justice and welfare service professionals. These gives voice to vulnerable people including offenders, improving their wellbeing in the long term. It develops collaboration and innovation competencies in the future workforce. It contributes to Norwegian researchers developing new and lasting research collaborations with international researchers in the field of prison research organisational learning, collaboration and innovation. It builds competence in large-scale EU research consortium implementation and the development of academic practice relationships.