We find that Connectors are increasingly recognised as a positive intervention for increased cross-sector working at a local level. This is through bringing together diverse groups with potentially aligned interests, introducing more collaborative approaches to skills sharing/mentoring, and encouraging resource-sharing between sectors. In this context, the work of Connectors supports the characteristics of co-creation, shared value and developing shared access to different resources, and this model can be said to challenge market-transaction based models of value.
- Most business managers (a jump of 6% improving to 91% in Year Two) agreed their organisations have a responsibility to reduce their negative impacts on local communities
- VCS organisations staff understanding of the benifits of working with business improved significantly in Year Two to 69% an increase of 13%
- In Year Two, there was an increase to 60% of VCS respondents agreed that VCS organisations actively seek know-how and learning from business