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Stage 5: Transfer

It is rare – and rarely desirable – that a collaborative project simply ends and has no further outputs, influences or developments. Long before the project reaches its formal end-point, the participants need to have thought through not just the likely outputs but the channels of dissemination and the networks through which results can be communicated to others. A successful partnership may have prompted plans for further collaboration or for a longer-term association between institutions: transparency, imagination and determination will underpin participants’ efforts to bridge culture gaps and build sustainable relationships.
  • Define the project direction - terminating; re-convening; institutionalising
  • Review the collaboration - how to close the project without closing off the relationship
  • Reflect on the cultural learning and acknowledge the social capital created
  • Celebrate and disseminate the formal outcomes
  • Identify diverse modes of transferring learning into the wider organisations
Synergistic solutionsfind creative solutions that can reconcile different opinions/procedures
Stylistic flexibility – use different language styles flexibly to suit different purposes, contexts and audiences
Rapport building – focus on longer-term trust-building and relationship consolidation
Spirit of adventure – be ready to move into unfamiliar environments and deal with ambiguous situations