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Co-production in health and social care research

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Canynge Hall

University of Bristol

39 Whatley Road

Bristol

BS8 2PS

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Co-producing research is when researchers, practitioners and members of the public collaborate to develop research. Everyone works together in more equal partnerships and shares responsibility and power throughout the research project.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) INVOLVE guidance indicates that sharing power is an important, yet challenging principle in co-producing research. Health and social care research, like many other forms of research, is carried out within a context of embedded hierarchical inequalities in universities, public service institutions, and research funding systems - as well as in society more broadly. This poses significant challenges to ambitions for co-production.

Through this training course we want to share learning and experiences, and will provide materials, resources, case studies and discussions about how we can work together in co-produced research. We would like you to join us to learn from each other and have conversations to support collaborative research.

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  • What is co-production? Why co-produce? When? Who with? Starting with principles
  • Moving from principles to practice
  • How can we enable more equal partnerships?
  • Sharing resources and case studies
  • Applying these ideas to your projects

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This training has been developed with the support of the University of Bristol Public Engagement and Research Staff Development Funds, People in Health West of England and NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West. We developed material for this course through facilitating five workshops with multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners and public contributors with public involvement and co-produced research experiences. In these workshops we discussed how different co-produced research had attempted to enable more equal relationships and developed training and resources to support more effective and equitable co-produced research. This training course is a result of this process.

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