‘Co-production‘, ‘participation’ and ‘involvement‘ all help ensure that those who use services play a role in their design. This can enhance delivery, acceptability and ultimately effectiveness.
Research methodologies and outputs are similarly improved through the involvement of those who are otherwise usually only have the role of research ‘subjects’. Moreover it allows a re-balancing of the potential ‘them and us‘, power, dynamic within research.
Examples of my participation work include:
- I recruited and trained a group of young people who had a long term health condition to collaborate with academics in the University of East London advisers. The young people shared their ideas based on their first-hand lived experience of that condition, to help improve local health services.
- I supported a group of young people to co-produce evaluation methods and tools 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 the Childhood Bereavement Network practitioners, children and young people.
- For the LEAP evaluation I co-produced key indicators to use in evaluation methods and tools with local parents