“people’s needs are better met when they are involved in an equal and reciprocal relationship with professionals and others”
The Challenge of Coproduction, David Boyle & Michael Harris (2015)
Coproduction is not a new idea but it has seen a resurgence in use as the ‘buzz word’ of choice. When we talk about ‘coproduction’ we mean the co-design and co-delivery of a project, service or campaign. This requires organisations and professionals to share power to create and implement actions rather than treating children, young people and their parents/ caters as passive recipients whose role is to give approval to an already agreed approach or to influence insignificant aspects of new initiatives (e.g. what the leaflet for the new service looks like rather than what the new service looks like). Our approach is beyond consultation or participation to drive sustainable and measurable improvements to public services.
To ensure our organisation represents genuine coproduction we review any new project proposals against six principles of co-production: assets, capabilities, mutuality, networks, blurred roles and catalysts
- Assets: Transforming the perception of people from passive recipients to equal partners.
- Capabilities: Building on what people can do and supporting them to put this to work.
- Mutuality: Reciprocal relationships with mutual responsibilities and expectations.
- Networks: Engaging a range of networks, inside and outside traditional ‘services’, to transfer knowledge
- Blur roles: Removing tightly defined boundaries between recipients to enable shared responsibility and control.
- Catalysts: Shifting from ‘delivering’ services to supporting things to happen and catalysing other action.