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New co-production blog

The Research Exchange for the Social Sciences (RESS) at the University of Sheffield has just launched a new ‘Co-production Blog’. It is particularly valuable for people doing co-produced research but I'm sure will also have content relevant to wider co-production practice. 

You can check it out at ;

Added by Lucie Stephens on September 23, 2014 at 10:26 — No Comments

Defining coproduction

Hi everyone

Here's the link to a short blog on defining coproduction that I wrote a couple of months ago.

Added by Sonia Bussu on September 5, 2014 at 9:55 — No Comments

Webinar on commissioning and community engagement

DCLG and the Public Service Transformation Network are running a webinar this Monday at 2pm on engaging communities in commissioning: you can sign up here for more details.

Added by Julia on August 15, 2014 at 9:55 — No Comments

nef is looking for a new chair for our board of trustees - can you help?

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) is the leading radical think-tank in the UK.  Combining a unique remit of research, advocacy, policy development and social innovation, NEF occupies a unique space as a ‘think and do tank’. Working to construct a new economy centred on people and the environment, NEF has had a positive and lasting impact on the lives of people around the world.
We are seeking an exceptional person with a demonstrable track record of delivering…

Added by Lucie Stephens on August 13, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

The other Health Minister...

The media, and others, often forget that Wales has a Health Minister of its very own. And he's a co-production champion. Feel free to comment on today's statement from the Institute of Welsh Affairs:

Added by Ruth Dineen on August 12, 2014 at 8:44 — No Comments

Love - a dangerous game?

Powerful blog by Dave Horton, community worker and director of Action in Caerau-Ely, a sprawling suberb of Cardiff where he lives with his family. Raises profound questions about what we mean when we commit to co-production..

Added by Ruth Dineen on August 9, 2014 at 21:08 — No Comments

Asset-Mapping Wales

We're working with Participation Cymru to create an Asset Map of co-production in Wales - and to get your support to keep the pressure on the Welsh Government to deliver on their co-pro commitments (they are doing exceptionally well so far I must say!). If you live or work in Tom Jones country, please help us by completing our 5 minute survey - - part of our collective strategy to make…


Added by Ruth Dineen on July 21, 2014 at 20:27 — No Comments

Storytelling for Co-production event - Feel like you were there!

Last week the London Co-production Practitioners Network met for a session hosted by Latimer Creative Media. Together we developed our personal Co-production Stories and our Story of Self. We experimented with social media, tweeted #MyCoProStory and made short film clips.

We learned that...

  • Stories help communicate values to people by engaging their emotions
  • Stories can motivate others to act with us - in ways that only providing a laundry…

Added by Sarah Lyall on July 16, 2014 at 15:53 — 1 Comment

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

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