Where next for co-creating public services? Policy Seminar

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This policy seminar will explore new thinking about co-production and co-creation, as well as lived experiences of co-creation.

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Over the last 3 years, the CoSIE project has been investigating co-creation in public services across Europe, using applied research methods. There are public service pilots in 9 countries working with different services including social care, housing, and economic development. They have explored various tools and techniques for co-creation, examined how co-creation can lead to innovation, investigated the power dynamics involved in such collaborations and much more. This policy seminar will explore the latest ideas from CoSIE, illustrated by lived experience stories from people involved in these co-creation processes. It will foreground in particular co-creation as an approach based on assets and capabilities. In the UK co-creation is perhaps most commonly associated with social care, but in this session we will explore how these ideas can take root in different services including criminal justice (the topic of the UK CoSIE pilot), homelessness and supporting people with chronic health conditions. Challenges such as managing risk, resourcing, staffing, evaluation and scaling up co-creation will be considered.

The session will be facilitated by Christopher Fox and Susan Baines. There will be opportunities for the audience to interact and discuss ideas about the future of co-creation with our panel members.

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Sarah Cooke: Sarah is an experienced regional and national Contracts Manager with a demonstrated history of working in both non-profit and private sectors across Homelessness, Housing and Justice organisations. She is a proud Trustee of “Partners of Prisoners” charity and currently leading Kirklees Better Outcomes Partnership as Director. She has a passion for supporting rehabilitation and empowering individuals to achieve independence through innovative and asset based services.

Adrian Bailey: Adrian is a Co-Production Development Officer with Swansea Council for Voluntary Services. He focuses on involving individuals in Co-productive commissioning and planning, by facilitating  sharing  power and choice with people who need care and support and those with a role to deliver care and support. In his work, Adrian supports Swansea organisations to engage with statutory partners and individuals who use care and support services with the access, information, knowledge and skills, training and confidence building  needed to participate fully in the Co-production agenda.  

Dave Nicholson: Dave is a former Probation Officer and a founder of Ex-Cell Solutions - an organisation that develops cooperative and mutual approaches to reducing reoffending. He is a freelance prison employment and education development consultant, as well as undertaking a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University. Dave's research focuses on the use of co-production to promote desistance, supporting through the prison gate employment co-operatives. His is also Chair of SERIF, which focuses on researching the value and impact of using social enterprise within prisons and developing innovative enterprising solutions to reducing reoffending.

Sarifa Patel: Sarifa is a Muslim, Asian British disabled women, and has four children with hidden disabilities. She has worked at both local and national levels for the variety of charities. She is multilingual and uses her language skills and disability expertise to empower other disabled people and BME people to make sure their voice is heard.

This event is part of the 'Doing It With Others – Why proper collaboration really matters: The second annual Institute of Community Reporters (ICR) conference' being held on the 6th and 7th October 2020. You can find out more about the conference here.

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