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

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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.