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Co-production Business Case Generator

This tool has been developed and tested in a cost-benefit evaluation of the Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Community Budget Pilot in Birmingham.  

Our Business Case Generator helps you to assess and demonstrate the potential benefits created by co-production, the potential efficiency gains across services, and the social and economic value of outcomes produced. This will help you to decide the best balance of outcome improvements and cost savings.

Interested in co-producing a business case with your key stakeholders? Have a look into the 7 steps (pdf download) involved and get in touch with to start with the first step.

Mainstreaming co-production with people living with dementia in East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire Council and partners, the Joint Improvement Team (JIT) and Governance International have launched an exciting new project to mainstream co-production in dementia in East Dunbartonshire.

PRESENT is both modest and ambitious. It is modest in that it does not involve a lot of public resources but relies on harnessing the skills and expertise of all partners involved in the project. However, it is also ambitious in aiming to make ‘co-production’ the default way of thinking and working with people living with dementia in East Dunbartonshire

The Project Team draws on the expertise of a National Reference Group, including Alzheimer  Scotland, IRISS, The Social Value Lab and Talking Mats. An International Champions Network with public service professionals, academics and ‘experts by experience’ will feed good practice case studies, their own experiences and their views into the project.

If you require further information about this project  please contact the  local co-production coordinator Paula Brown, email:

If you would like to join the International Dementia Co-Production Exchange please get in touch with Julie Christie, Partnership Lead for Dementia, who coordinates this network - email:

Co-Production of Health and Wellbeing in Scotland

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A co-production resource published by Governance International and the Joint Improvement Team in association with the Scottish Co-Production Network and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.

Click here to see the list of chapters.

In Scotland co-production is no longer just a ‘nice idea’ but a necessity to deal with increasing health inequalities (Sir Harry Burns) and changing demographics and expectations (Gerry Power). This book shows how and why Scotland has become one of the leaders in public service co-production – and how the lessons learnt so far can be applied more widely.

The wide range of case studies in this book shows that there is now a critical mass of co-production champions in health and social care in Scotland. This includes national co-production initiatives which have already proven their worth, such as the Family Nurse Partnership and the Food Train, but also exciting local assets-based approaches such as the NW Kilmarnock project and timebanking in Argyll and Bute. The case studies in the book show how these initiatives overcame the barriers facing them and spells out the benefits achieved when the co-production approach is used.

Of course, the challenge of mainstreaming co-production in public services still remains. This will require “whole systems change which spans commissioning of public services through to organisational and individual performance improvement” (Dr Margaret Whoriskey). Local authorities such as Midlothian Council have already made progress on this transformation journey, supported by JIT and Governance International. This book provides a framework and practical case studies to help other local councils and the NHS in Scotland to follow their lead.

Download the book (PDF) or contact to receive a hard copy.


Making Health and Social Care Personal and Local: Moving from Mass Production to Co-Production

A co-production resource published by Governance International and the Local Government Information Unit.

Governance International and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) have published a state-of-the-art overview of public service co-production in health and social care. The 24 chapters from major national and international practitioners and thinkers in the field set out a vision for the co-production in health and social care – what it is, why it is a necessity and how to do it. The chapters provide numerous examples of how public services can collaborate with services users and communities to improve outcomes; and discuss the challenges and opportunities that co-production presents. There is something for everyone in the book, with case studies written by national policy makers, NHS officials, local authority leaders, major service providers in public and third sectors, and expert users.

As one of the authors, Professor Bob Hudson says: “ ...patients, neighbourhoods and communities of interest are central not only to the design of services but also their commissioning, delivery, assessment and continuous development”.

Click here to download the book (PDF) and click here to watch several video interviews with the authors.

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