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Author: Noreen Blanluet

Co-production: an audio introduction

We recorded one of our “introduction to co-production” workshops for someone who’d missed the session, and we thought we might as well share it with everyone! We turned it into a podcast episode and you can listen in the channel of your choice, it’s available on Google podcasts, Spotify, and a few other places. You can also listen directly in Anchor in your web browser, the recording and the links to the other platforms are […]

Quotes from policy and legislation: 2011 to date

The policy and legislative move towards endorsing co-production in Wales started in the social care and health sectors, and has since widened to include all public services. It began as far back as 2011, and is still being emphasised today in all the key devolved policy documents.  Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action (2011) stated that a better practice of co-production across public bodies would contribute to “a stronger citizen voice and […]

Considering power relationships in co-design

Alysha Baratta writes on the InWithForward blog, about the balance of power in a co-design process: Power isn’t some quantifiable unit that can be split 50/50. First, our positionality means we wield power in ways beyond our control. As a trained human geographer, I think about how my fixed or culturally ascribed attributes (race, class, gender) situate me in the world and next to people I co-design with. I also think about life experiences […]

Open Government

Open government is a revolutionary concept: that citizens should have the right to access government data and documents, providing public oversight and holding government accountable. The benefits of increasing government transparency and facilitating dialogue with the public are immense; for instance, citizens are informed about how money and resources are spent; they can express their opinions and offer advice through consultations and open calls; using the openly available data, they can also develop innovative products and services.  […]

Civic Participation – A Voyage of Discovery

A blog post on the Bexley Innovation Lab website:   This blog will make up a series of posts where we will share our methodology and the artefacts we have gathered. We hope others will learn from this enquiry and join in the conversation. This first post will share our learnings with you, from across the case studies. What’s interesting and compelling about civic participation? What new things did we learn? Learning from across the […]

Can we make policymaking more… fun?

Melanie Rayment writes on the Centre for Public Impact blog. There is a rise in interest around participatory methods for policy making both in forms of deliberative and co-design approaches, while others are calling for a democratisation of futures thinking to enhance our social imagination. Across these methods is a common thread that calls for more accessible and genuinely authentic approaches to participation to reduce the participation gap; by recognising the lived experience of people, the re-balancing and restructuring of power with transparent […]

Guide to service user involvement

The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) and University of Strathclyde have produced a practical guide to service user involvement in community justice that can contribute to service innovation, help recovery and support desistance from offending. It can also be used more generally in contexts requiring service user involvement, and aims to support professionals and service users in working together to shape the design, development and delivery of services. The guide titled, Inclusive Justice: Co-producing […]

Public service operating principles

Iteration two (actually three with a colour update!) of a diagram Noreen drafted and circulated on twitter in July / August 2019, comparing the traditional approach to public services (which is not to be discarded entirely and has its uses in some contexts), and the co-productive approach to public services (which needs to be used more particularly in situations of complexity). Some background to the thinking in this Medium post: Right-click to download the […]

Research – co-creation and co-design in science

Extreme Citizen Science (2010 – ongoing) Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) is a situated, bottom-up practice that takes into account local needs, practices and culture and works with broad networks of people to design and build new devices and knowledge creation processes that can transform the world. We bring together scholars from diverse fields to contribute to the guiding theories, tools and methodologies that will enable any community to start a Citizen Science project to deal […]

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