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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

nef is looking for commissioning partners

In 2001 a Gloucestershire GP, Dr Opher developed ‘Artlift’ with local arts and cultural organizations (Create Gloucestershire).  Artlift gives people access to 10 weeks of arts activity on prescription.  After a successful pilot in Dr Ophers practice it is now available in eight surgeries across Gloucestershire (one in each district). Patients are prescribed Artlift for a wide range of reasons including to reduce stress, anxiety or…


Added by Lucie Stephens on February 6, 2014 at 17:43 — No Comments

Call for examples of good practice in home care for older people

SCIE is producing new guidance and looking for case studies. Would be great to see some co-production examples in there.............please respond to the contact listed…

Added by Lucie Stephens on January 31, 2014 at 11:40 — No Comments

Leadership for Empowered and Healthy Communities programme

News from Catherine Wilton that this excellent programme is recruiting for people who want to make co-production happen in their areas..................

This programme explores the leadership skills that are needed in order to grow and nurture local social capital, build stronger communities and improve health and well-being.  We are looking to recruit leaders who want to be part of a movement for change and to think radically about the challenges and opportunities of an…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 28, 2014 at 12:54 — No Comments

Seminar in Birmingham 'Border disputes - the challenge of time banking'

People might be interested in this forthcoming event.............

Time banking has made a more visible appearance in policy documents since 2010, yet its development and application has been built around two contradictory sets of values. On the one hand, it offers a means by which self-help, within a neo-liberal agenda can be fostered as part of the scaling back of the welfare state. On the other, it offers the hope of salvation for society beleaguered by global neo-liberal forces by…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 22, 2014 at 15:42 — No Comments

Funding for work with young people

Not sure how 'co-production friendly' this fund is, but they do say 'we love hearing about something completely new and different'.......

Blurb from RBS below, good luck if you go for it. Lucie 

Young people have great ideas. Sometimes they just need a little help to turn those ideas into reality. RBS want to help.

We are looking for not-for-profit organisations that share our desire to help young people aged up to 30 years to explore their enterprise potential. Funding…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 22, 2014 at 12:58 — No Comments

Funding for Local Authorities seeking to transform their services

This new fund might be of interest to those of you seeking to get more co-production through commissioning..................

Delivering Differently is helping local authorities to transform their services through the use of new delivery models such as mutuals and voluntary organisations.

Delivering Differently is a joint programme between the Cabinet Office, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Local…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 15, 2014 at 12:50 — No Comments

nef looking to commission 'public dialogue' specialists

nef is currently delivering a project for the Cabinet Office with funding from Sciencewise. Specific policy issues will be explored with members of the public through a well-being lens.  What does the evidence from well-being science have to say about these specific policy issues, how do the public interpret the evidence, and what specific policy recommendations can be drawn? 

We want to commission a/ some public dialogue experts to help wiht this work. An ITT for the…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 8, 2014 at 16:38 — No Comments

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