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Co-producing childcare and out of school/ after school programmes

NEF is developing new work on co-produced childcare. Parents do shifts alongside the childcare staff in the classroom, rotating the shifts between themselves. This approach to childcare is well established in Sweden, Canada, the USA and New Zealand and brings benefits to parents, children and childcare staff.

We've written more about it in short-paper here, …


Added by Lucie Stephens on May 26, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Clinks guide to service user involvement and co-production

This helpful guide has just been published by Clinks, the organisation that supports voluntary organisations working with offenders and their families. It contains a series of useful practical examples, approaches and tools to use plus a trouble shooting section to help respond to people who may be sceptical to this approach. 

Whilst the focus is on criminal justice the information is relevant to many services and settings. …


Added by Lucie Stephens on May 26, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Valuing collaborative relationships in the NHS

een given permission to open up our ResearchNet conference to wider networks and wondered if anyone would like to come. The form below has the booking details. It essentially about how lived experience can be used through co-production methods in patient experience to change services here at Oxleas NHS Trust. We have examples from mental health and learning disability (all ages) and its hosted by our lived experience researchers. Do pass this onto anyone who you think would be interested.…


Added by Lucie Stephens on April 4, 2016 at 21:33 — 1 Comment

Co-producing with arts and cultural organisations

NEF is running a series of events demonstrating the role that arts and cultural interventions can play in a range of 'service' areas. 

Please check out the links below for more information or contact me directly. Hope to see you there. …


Added by Lucie Stephens on September 18, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

NEF (the new economics foundation) is looking for a new CEO

Through applied research of the highest quality, practical policy advice and action, and policy-focused debate, NEF is transforming the parameters of policy debate and increasingly mainstreaming economic and social policy ideas that put people and the planet first.

While keeping one eye on Westminster, NEF is also building a movement for change with a range of campaigners from across civil society. Unlike most other UK think tanks, it has international outreach: in funding, research,…


Added by Lucie Stephens on May 15, 2015 at 13:54 — No Comments

Responding to austerity: Learning events

NEF (the New Economics Foundation) invites you to our free learning events to explore how groups in the UK can respond most effectively and creatively to austerity – looking at what charities, activists, campaigners, local authorities, housing associations and funders have already done; and what they might do in the future.

We are holding two learning events on the following dates:

Tuesday 19 May 2015, 10.00am – 5.00pm in central London (The…


Added by Lucie Stephens on April 29, 2015 at 11:37 — No Comments

Funding and support for communities in England to develop a local economic development plan

The Community Economic Development programme will assist 50 communities to develop their own economic action plan. The package of support includes a dedicated adviser, six days of specialist support, and grant funding of up to £5,000. Full information on the CED support package can be found here:…

Added by Lucie Stephens on April 2, 2015 at 12:58 — No Comments

Does co-production need a new social settlement in order to thrive?

People, Planet, Power: Towards a New Social Settlement

Council Room, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

Tuesday 17 February 2015, 08:30 – 11:00 am

Starting promptly at 09:00, with breakfast served from 08.30.


Dear all


Please join us for the launch of a major new NEF report, People, Planet, Power: towards a new social settlement.  


This important report sets out…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 20, 2015 at 16:59 — No Comments

Responses to Austerity

At nef we want to find out how individuals, communities, organisations and institutions (including local authorities and services) have reacted to the programme of austerity which began in 2010. With the support of Barrow Cadbury Trust and the City Bridge Trust, we are conducting research into Responses to austerity.

If you know of any people or organisations responding to austerity in interesting ways, please fill out the survey.

Our previous work focused…


Added by Lucie Stephens on November 11, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Festival of Community Psychology

Please come along to our Festival of Community Psychology and show your support for creating a different psychology in the UK - a psychology that recognises the impact of exclusion, marginalization and inequality on well-being. A psychology that transforms the structural conditions of society that cause distress. A psychology…

Added by Lucie Stephens on November 6, 2014 at 11:26 — No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding to gear up for personal health budgets

NHS England has launched a programme for the voluntary and community sector to help them 'gear up' for personal health budgets so they have the knowledge, capacity and expertise to inform their local communities about personal health budgets.

Find out more from the In Control website here



Added by Lucie Stephens on March 12, 2014 at 11:43 — No Comments

support available for innovative criminal justice work

a colleague mentioned this programme and I thought there may be co-production practitioners who could benefit.........

'The StreetCraft Scholarships have been set up to champion the development of innovative frontline criminal justice projects. 

Following the publication of our book …


Added by Lucie Stephens on February 25, 2014 at 11:44 — No Comments

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