What does co-production mean?
•Co-production is a partnership between citizens and public servicesto achieve a valued outcome. Such partnerships empower citizens tocontribute more of their own resources (time, will power, expertiseand effort) and have greater control over service decisions andresources
How important is co-production and whatare the potential gains?
•We argue that co-production should be central to the Government’sagenda for improving public services because of emerging evidenceof its impact on outcomes and value of money, its potential economicand social value and its popularity
How could co-production in publicservices beaccelerated?
•Rather than simply replicating specific ‘co-production practices’, such asapproaches to working with patients or learners, we argue thataccelerating co-production rests some more structural changes to:
, with more control passed down to individual users and front-lineprofessionals;
support for civic society and mutual help
professional training and culture
This is a discussion paper. It is not a statement of government policy
This paper provides an introduction to ‘co-production’ in public services – what itmeans, why it is important and how it can be accelerated