In Col-lab we are convinced that the link between research and practice holds an enormous potential for developing solutions to improve our capacity to achieve collective goals. A core part of Col-lab focuses on the collection of data, insights and practices, to develop tools and methods that improve the quality of cooperation schemes. Col-lab cooperates with University Departments to improve the connection between research and practice. A central component of our analysis focuses on the following two questions:

In practice, what are the main challenges for both governance and management of different types of multi-actor cooperation schemes?
How can we develop actionable solutions to those challenges?

Our research and practical experience in the world of multi-stakeholder cooperation, has helped us to identify about 30 relevant aspects (related to the mission and objectives, membership, internal rules and procedures, activities, attitudes and decision making, governance and management) influencing the capacity of multi-actor cooperation systems to perform effectively and accomplish their goals. That knowledge constitutes the backbone of our approach to supporting networks and multi-stakeholder ventures around the globe.

For example, Col-lab supports the research of International Organizations regarding the implementation of long-term global agendas, where effective multi-actor partnerships and cooperation schemes are critical in order to achieve collective goals. Concretely, Col-lab will be very active in the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Among other projects, it supports the organizational and technical development of the European Commission’s Policy Forum on Development, which offers networks of CSOs and Local Authorities from the EU and its partner countries, as well as European institutions, a multi-stakeholder space for dialogue on the realization of Development goals.