Broadly speaking, this approach to influence and participation allows an equal and reciprocal relationship between staff and people with lived experience in the design and delivery of activities, projects or services.
There are many definitions of Co-Production this one from New Economics Foundation’s National Co-production Critical Friends group provides a helpful statement explaining the concept:
“Co-production is a relationship where professionals and citizens share power to plan and deliver support together, recognising that both partners have vital contributions to make in order to improve quality of life for people and communities.”
Co-production can help to challenge the notion that people with lived experience – traditionally, those who have used services – are unable to participate on an equal level with people in professional roles. It can be an extremely effective way for people with lived experience to be able to influence change.
Find out more about co-production and access resources and case studies in the ‘Carrying out influence and participation activities: Co-production’ resource.