When a co-design method is used decision making is shared equally throughout the process, everyone taking part has an equal level of power within the process. The method consists of people with the relevant skills and experience coming together to create a tangible ‘product’*. Examples of this include training materials, information booklets, a new service, organisational polices and service specifications.
People with lived experience work with staff to carry out research in order understand what is required for the project, this usually involves using additional Influence and Participation methods to gain a deeper understanding of what people with lived experience need and want; sometimes a Service Design methodology is used to give this structure. Work is then carried out by those involved to draft or design the ‘product’ that is required. The group need to be in agreement for final sign off to be agreed.
The organisation requesting the ‘product’ are responsible for all aspects of delivery, those who took part in the co-design process do not get involved in any aspect of delivery. This method works well when delivery needs to remain the responsibility of the organisation.
*The term product has been used as a term to describe the written or creative work a co-design group produce, we have used this term as the end result is defined by the group.