The Co-Production Collective wanted to explore people’s lived experiences of co-production within health and social care research. Working with People’s Voice Media, they used Community Reporting – a pan-European storytelling movement that supports people to use digital technologies to tell their own stories – to capture a series of dialogue interviews with people who identified as ‘co-producers’. These co-producers come from different sectors, work on different projects, and participate in different ways in co-production.
The key findings that emerged from this piece of work are:
- Co-production should be approached as a practice governed by a set of values, rather than an exact science or process.
- Co-production can bring real value to research projects and be key to ensuring that services are more effective and better meet the needs of the people who access them.
- Co-production can be challenging but with support and encouragement, embracing continual and shared learning and by creating spaces for co-producers to connect, barriers can be overcome.