Co-production practitioners network

A network for co-production practitioners

Kelly McInnes
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Background to your work
Northern Star supports organisations in the voluntary and public sectors to understand, engage with and measure their impact on people. We believe substantive participation can strengthen organisations and we can help staff and volunteers develop the skills and confidence to better engage with communities. We do this through:
 Evaluation
 Action research and consultation
 Training
 Facilitation
 Capacity building
Underpinning everything we do is a commitment to build the capacity of the organisations and stakeholders we work in partnership with. We have years of experience in empowering communities to engage with, shape and evaluate services.

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At 11:53 on June 19, 2012, Lucie Stephens said…

Thanks Kelly - welcome back from maternity leave, I did it myself last year.

It would be great to hear a bit more about your work when you get a chance. nef is currently doing some work on improving commissioning approaches in childrens services - to make them outcomes focussed and using co-production as an approach to improve 'delivery'. A key aspect to support commissioners on is thinking and learning on how to work differently with communities and young people (to co-produce commissioning rather than just specifying co-production in service tenders). We're keen to point them towards good stuff that has happened elsewhere so would be great to hear more when you get a chance.



At 10:59 on June 19, 2012, Lucie Stephens said…

A belated hello and welcome to the co-production practitioners network Kelly, thanks for joining us!


The practitioners network is supported by nef but all content is developed by members, for members. Do have a good look around and get involved.


Some of the following areas are good starting points;


Network groups – based loosely around geographical regions or interest themes, they also host face to face meetings. Its great to see you've joined the (flourishing) Scottish network.


Resources and Videos will give you access to the latest documents supporting co-production and bring you face to face with those putting it into practice. Evidence is a persistent topic for practitioners in the network and I'm sure they'd be interested to hear more about the tools and approaches you have used. Perhaps you would blog about them, or upload a case study?


The Blog carries the latest news, debate and opportunities for co-production practitioners. See what’s going on, add in your own comments or start a new thread. 


nef is currently working on topics raised by network members: gathering the evidence base for co-production; developing practical approaches to commission co-production; delivering presentations and workshops for people who are interested in co-production. Perhaps we could catch up about the 'evidence' you are generating that could be shared in future reviews?


It would really help to know how you heard about the network and what motivated you to join. Please let me know at that way we can make sure we’re reaching as many co-production practitioners as possible. Also, please share the details of the

At 10:59 on June 7, 2012, Olivia Hanley said…

Welcome to the Scotland Group Kelly!

As you may know, the Scottish Government is supporting the development of the Scottish Co-production Network, jointly chaired by SCDC and NHS Tayside. I am currently coordinating this and at the moment I am collating the current membership list. If you would like to be on the mailing group for this, please could you complete the following form - 


Many thanks!



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