The following are the ten essential elements that we have found should be present, for co‑production to be successful.
People’s knowledge and experience is valued equally, regardless of the role they hold.
Breadth of participation is actively encouraged, and time is taken to show people they belong here.
Outcomes are developed through the process, not prescribed beforehand.
Barriers are removed and circumstances created so that people can truly connect with one another.
This is about clarity and accountability – ensuring everyone is on the same page.
The process allows everyone to be part of the creation of innovative solutions.
This is about taking a strengths-based, ‘appreciative’ approach.
The process is used to improve or develop something that already exists, or to create something new.
The process is considered in context, as part of everything around it, not as an isolated project.
The focus is on testing, learning and improving through cycles of work, rather than on getting it right straight away.