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What’s the business case for co-production in public services? A national conference co-produced by INLOGOV, LARIA and Governance International

Over 60 delegates from all over the UK, including members of the West Midlands Co-Production Network, spent an informative day at Birmingham University discussing the current evidence for co-production in public services and exchanging ideas on how a better business case can be constructed in the future.

The programme consisted of high-level presentations with inputs from different sectors and perspectives in the morning and open co-production workshops in the afternoon.  

Elke Loeffler highlighted that Governance International has compiled more than 50 case studies which show that co-production is already at a significant level and is making a real difference to people’s lives.

The speakers showcased the evidence for co-production from different sectors:

Lorna Brodrick from Think Big Picture captured the findings of the morning session in a creative poster.

In a very lively afternoon session based on a BarCamp format, participants voted for five workshop proposals:

  • David Taylor-Gooby: The NHS Call to Action - An opportunity for co-production? 

  • Sean McDougall: Effective co-production reduces risks of over-spend and/or innovating without evidence 

  • Ben Lee: Draw/write some logic models and enable people to redo this tomorrow

  • Lorna Reid, Dudley MBC: How to do co-production without involving the ‘usual suspects’? Lessons learnt so far from Dudley MBC through their ‘Making it Real in Dudley’ programme

  • Laura Brodrick, Think Big Picture: Making co-production creative ?

The photographer Idriss Assoumanou from Click to Shoot provided an excellent photographic record for all conference participants to remind them of this inspiring day.


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