Questionnaire

In the 10 anniversary year of the edr Mediation Service at the University of Dundee, the University is hosting a national event on 20 September 2018, to explore the dynamics and impact of mediation skills in multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working collaborations.

In the run up to our event at the University, we would like your views on what creates good collaborative partnership working between different organisations or disciplines and your opinions on if and how mediation skills can be used to challenge and to cement these organisational relationships.

The themes from your responses will help us identify what is important for you to debate and challenge from your own collaborations and help us make the event informative and thought provoking to support future collaborative work outcomes most effectively.

The questionnaire will explore:

* collaborations in practice with different value based organisations

* changes from 10 years ago and aspirations 10 years on

* competition and collaboration

* collaboration with constrained funding

1. Collaboration in practice

Please rate the following statements (1-5)

(Design will allow a 1-5 rating from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree for each statement)

I believe effective multi-agency collaborations

* require organisational leaders to model collaborative practice in the way they work themselves

* need a range of policies promoting similar organisational values to be credible

* need to be supported by training and development for individuals and teams

* require advocacy by professional organisations and unions as realistic, credible and effective

* must have dedicated resources devoted to it

* must have access to independent and confidential advice and support

Free Text box What in your opinion/experience are the three main reasons for collaborations breaking down Please provide any further comments you wish to make on your answers above

2. Compared to 10 years ago

Please rate the following statements (1-5)

(Design will allow a 1-5 rating from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree for each statement)

I believe

* the world of multi-disciplinary working together has changed for the better

* work cultures, as I have experienced them, are more positive and respectful of difference

* levels of conflict in multi-agency collaborations have reduced

* collaborative working is more accepted as a way of producing effective outcomes

* aggression, disrespect and competitive behaviour are now less accepted in collaborative working

* organisational policies stimulate and support collaboration effectively

* leaders in organisations are not acting as role models for effective collaborative outcomes

* too many organisations talk about collaboration but do not make it happen

* trades unions and professional bodies are doing all they can to promote collaborative practices

Free Text box Please provide any further comments you wish to make on your answers above

3. Competition and collaboration

Please rate the following statements (1-5)

(Design will allow a 1-5 rating from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree for each statement)

I believe

* competition and collaboration can co-exist successfully

* collaborative practice is only of limited value in the real world

* collaborative practice is the hallmark of a modern and effective (work) culture

* collaborative practice is valuable but has clear limits in its application

* collaboration as a solution to real problems in practice is unproven value

* competition has more power and impact than collaboration because it is more “natural”

* good collaborative culture is fragile and can be destroyed easily

* collaborative behaviour is a characteristic of a good leader

* collaboration works at too slow a pace for effective outcomes

Free Text box Please provide any further comments you wish to make on your answers above

4. Collaboration with constrained available funding

What in your opinion/experience are the four most important qualities in making multi-disciplinary collaborations work (tick 1-4)

(Design will allow a rating of 1-4):

* respect

* trust

* open dialogue

* challenge

* resourcefulness

* flexibility

* attitude to learning

* listening

* personal confidence

* resilience

* understanding of boundaries

Finally

 

Some details about you

 

(Design will lay these out as Yes/NO or category boxes to tick)

 

* Male/Female/Other

 

* Full-time /.part-time / not working

 

* Holds a professional qualification

 

* Public sector/private sector/charitable/independent

 

* Self-employed/salaried/waged/ retired

 

Tell us briefly about an organisation which embodies good collaborative working drawn from your own experience?