This evidence scan provides a picture of research into cross sector working to support innovation and change. It describes empirical examples of how organisations are working together, across disciplinary or sector boundaries, to support innovation or improve the quality of care in the UK and elsewhere.
The scan aims to identify:
It presents factors that are shown to help or hinder organisations to work across sectors. The factors are grouped under the following categories:
This evidence scan was initially undertaken for the Health Foundation to help us plan our work internally. We are aware that the scan does not cover all of the literature on this topic. However, we are making the work accessible more widely because we have found it helpful and think that others may also benefit from the lessons, particularly in terms of factors that facilitate or hinder the adoption and spread of large-scale change.
Over time, we will be undertaking more work on whole systems change which we hope will help support transformation at a practical level.