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nef's Co-production Masterclasses are awesome! Official.

25 of us from LAs, Welsh Government, community and third sector have spent the day learning about commissioning for co-production: superb, evidence-based presentations from Julia (nef) and from the splendid Penni and Kate from Cornwall Council who drove all the way to Wales to share their experiences. A knockout day, jam-packed with useful stuff and interesting discussions. And more tomorrow. Ah joy!

If you are involved in the commissioning world and get the chance to attend one of…


Added by Ruth Dineen on July 9, 2014 at 23:04 — No Comments

Could a democratic ownership model help improve public trust in social care?

Is there a democratically accountable ownership model for health and care services that could make a difference? Could the active membership and co-operative ownership of workers, service users, volunteers and family members rebuild public trust in services and put an end to cruelty and neglect through a socially inclusive solution where the system of care is owned by the recipients?

Check out this …


Added by Lucie Stephens on July 8, 2014 at 14:50 — No Comments

Moving beyond the market: a new agenda for public services, with co-production at its heart

Successive governments have pursued a public services agenda based on market competition, consumer choice and outsourcing to private providers. The promise has been better responsive to people’s ‘consumer preferences’ and a decentralisation of knowledge and power away from central planners – all at lower cost.

But there is little evidence that these benefits are materialising. Power has been concentrated in the hands of a…


Added by Lucie Stephens on July 3, 2014 at 16:53 — No Comments

Real Co-Production: the role of research organisations and communities

Just heard about this...sounds really interesting...

As part of the…


Added by Ruth Dineen on June 30, 2014 at 19:13 — No Comments

Co-production Asset Map for Wales – please help us create it!

You are invited to join WCVA and Co-production Wales in creating an asset map of co-production in Wales on…


Added by Ruth Dineen on June 24, 2014 at 21:50 — No Comments

If you are within sight of a glass of wine, a custard slice and/or a party hat I suggest you throw a small celebration because:

a) the Wales Group now has 150 members (hello Rosa!);

b) it looks very (very) (VERY) likely that Cahnist co-production principles will be written in to the regulations and code of practice of our new Social Services and Well-being Act AND embedded in commissioning requirements;

c) nef's Commissioning for Co-production Masterclasses are coming to Wales with 11 LA commissioners signed up, a clutch of senior Welsh Government radicals, leading lights from third-sector organisations…


Added by Ruth Dineen on June 11, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

Great blog on co-production from a member of SCIE's Co-production network

This is recommended reading! 

Matt Langsford a 22 year old with experience of the care system writes powerfully about what co-production is, why it's important and outlines some of the steps that SCIE are taking to implement it across their organisation.

As he so eloquently says, we need to 'smash through' the jargon because co-production is an 'important issue and it will help people to have more control over their care and support'.

Read the…


Added by Lucie Stephens on June 11, 2014 at 15:42 — No Comments

Storytelling for Co-production - The London Co-production Practitioners Network

I am pleased to announce that the next meeting will be hosted by Latimer Creative Media at the BFI Southbank on Thursday 10th July, 10:00 to 12:30.

We will be exploring the theme of Storytelling for Co-production with various activities and challenges. Should be a lot of fun – as well as useful.

You can register on Eventbrite here -…


Added by Sarah Lyall on June 11, 2014 at 11:18 — No Comments

Free support to implement the Social Value Act in health and care

Applications are now open to take part in the second round of Social Enterprise UK’s trail blazing health and social value programme.

The programme provides free bespoke support for areas to implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 though collaboration between the public sector and local voluntary and community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the arena of health and care commissioning and delivery.

Funded by the Department of Health to…


Added by Lucie Stephens on June 5, 2014 at 12:24 — No Comments

How to make co-production absolutely mainstream

What is holding back the development of co-production in the mainstream?

This Co-production Network has been growing so fast that you might feel it is unstoppable, and it probably is. But there are bound to be frustrations and three of these particularly stand out for me.

The first is the way that co-production tends to get categorised as part of the ‘empowerment’ agenda, rather than – as it should be, I believe – a critique of it.

As I have written…


Added by David Boyle on May 30, 2014 at 13:27 — 1 Comment

We need to talk about love: Who's helping who? Challenging professional boundaries

Here's the second article in Co-production Wales' series - We need to talk about love - a heartfelt call from Nick Andrews of Swansea University to "restore warm humanity as the driving force for public services', to 'open our ears, our eyes and our hearts to the people we work with...genuinely 'meeting' with them in truly…


Added by Ruth Dineen on May 28, 2014 at 20:17 — No Comments

Postgraduate Funding Opportunity: ‘Co-Producing Cultural Policy’ Workshop

Theme: ‘Cultural Value’ and the Economic and Social Impact of the Arts.

Date: 9 July 2014

Venue: G50, Millburn House, University of Warwick

AHRC Collaborative Skills Development project hosted by the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries & Heritage, University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Warwick.

Many researchers aspire to inform and influence cultural policy and practice through their…


Added by Lucie Stephens on May 21, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Community Catalysts expands to Peterborough

Community Catalysts are advertising for a Coordinator job in Peterborough. The role will involve co-ordinating a community enterprise development project which is part of a much wider initiative linked with a Local Area Coordination Project, the council and community. 

All the details are here 

Added by Lucie Stephens on May 21, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Co-production Wales - we need to talk about love

Latest post from Co-production Wales, and an inspirational contribution from David Robinson of the Early Action Task Force and Community Links. We need to talk about love...

Added by Ruth Dineen on May 17, 2014 at 17:27 — No Comments

Co-pro, sutainability, environment: south Wales Network Meeting

21st May, 13.00 - 16.30, Chepstow

The lovely Monmouth Council are hosting the next south Wales Network event showcasing sustainability projects in Monmouthshire and Torfaen plus opportunities to contribute to the Future Generations legislation in Wales. Not to be missed!

Added by Ruth Dineen on May 13, 2014 at 9:01 — No Comments

What are the conditions of control?

This blog from my colleague at NEF, Juliette Hough, comes highly recommended! It's all about how being in control matters, and how we can get there. I have posted an excerpt below. Please share and discuss!

Example tweet: Being in control matters. What does it mean for our lives?…


Added by Sarah Lyall on April 29, 2014 at 12:47 — No Comments

Researching coproduction conference in Bristol on 14 May

A conference on researching co-production in Bristol on 14.05.2014. You can find more details at or alternatively you can drop an email to

Added by Aksel Ersoy on April 9, 2014 at 11:57 — 1 Comment

nef's Co-production Commissioning Masterclasses coming to Wales

Let joy be unbounded! The lovely folk at nef, along with the wonderful Helen Sharp from Lambeth Council, have offered to run their Co-pro Commissioning Masterclasses in Wales. The intention is to build a peer-support group of experts - the Jedi warriors of co-pro commissioning - who will help kick-start this outcomes-based way of working.

Contact us at Co-production Wales for more information (we are…


Added by Ruth Dineen on March 26, 2014 at 12:58 — No Comments

Co-pro & education meeting - final glorious line-up!

Co-production & Education: Co-pro Network meeting (south Wales)

20 March, 1.00-4.00, Ferndale Community School, Maerdy.


Booking via Eventbrite.


An opportunity to hear about and discuss co-production in education.All…


Added by Ruth Dineen on March 13, 2014 at 14:16 — No Comments

Co-production & co-design in the arts and in public services

Leeds Met University, ESRC, Arts Council England, the RSA and Involve are organising a seminar on co-production & co-design in the arts and in public services.

This seminar is designed for academics, policy makers and practitioners working in different policy areas. It provides those working in the arts the opportunity to engage with debates and practices in other areas of the public sector.  It also offers those working in other areas the chance to explore how cultural activity…


Added by Tim Hughes on March 12, 2014 at 14:43 — 2 Comments

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