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Table 3 Overview of facilitators and barriers of Intersectoral Co-operation categorised in themes capability, opportunity and motivation

From: Facilitators and barriers of intersectoral co-operation to promote healthier and more environmentally friendly behaviour: a qualitative evaluation through focus groups for the INHERIT project

Major themes: Capability Opportunity Motivation
Facilitator subthemes Partner-related:
Partners who are open, flexible, with long-term visions
Right knowledge and experience and able to think outside sectoral borders
A suitable person in leading or guiding position
Group-related (group processes):
Visibility: positive image, being seen as legitimate, maintaining external relations
Working on clarity on goals, roles and responsibility (from the start)
Reflecting and adjusting during co-operation
Having formal co-operation group or agreements
Physical opportunity (resources):
Having necessary funds or financing incentives
Momentum, a suitable economic, political or cultural context
Tools or online platforms to meet
Social opportunity (social influences):
Having supportive policy makers
Existing familiarity between partners, networks
Having good personal relationships between partners (with trust, personal communication, reliance)
Meeting up
Motivated partners:
Partners who are enthusiastic about co-operating
Partners who recognise a shared problem, see mutual benefits and value of co-operation
Partners who appreciate the co-operation or results
Barrier subthemes Insufficient planning, communication and agreement from the start
Different working paces or organisational structures between co-operation partners
Physical opportunity: shortages of, or changes in budgets, time, staff
Co-operation with public administration or politicians
Stakeholders being protective of own work
Negative attitude of parties other than the co-operation partners
Future wishes subthemes Expanding with more partners or places
Clear agreements, increased accountability and responsibility
Increased visibility and acknowledgement of initiative and co-operation
More time and structural resources for co-operation and initiative Boost intersectoral co-operation and willingness to co-operate