‘Co-production’, ‘participation’ and ‘involvement‘ all help ensure that those who use services play a role in their design, which can enhance delivery and ultimately usefulness. Research methodologies and outputs are similarly improved through the involvement of those who are otherwise usually research ‘subjects’. Moreover it allows a re-balancing of the typical ‘them and us‘ power dynamic in research.
Examples of my particapton work include:
- For the University of East London, I recruited and trained a group of young advisers who brought their first-hand experience of living with a long-term health condition, to feed intp local health service design.
- I supported a group of young people to co-produce evaluation methods to assess the impact of a new sex education programme, which aimed to promote awareness of sexual exploitation among vulnerable young people
- I co-produced outcome indicators with Childhood Bereavement Network practitioners
- The LEAP evaluation included co-producing key indicators with local parents