A People’s Commission for Wales: WCVA responds to the Williams Report

Just in case you hadn’t seen it yet, we’d like to bring the following publication to your attention. The Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) has published a brief but punchy paper in response to the Williams Report, arguing that while the Williams Report pronounces itself in favour of co-production, its “how to” is still sorely lacking in innovative and indeed co-productive practices.

“Co-production is the new mantra but co-production is not just about the public sector and its structures, leadership training and targets. The public sector has still to embrace the ‘co’ in co-production and fully recognise this is not a new word for partnership or a new management theory for government. The ‘co’ is the people and recognising and mobilising their contribution as assets is still absent.”

“Co-production is now at a crossroads. It will not work without mobilising, recognising and rewarding people and their contributions alongside those of the statutory services. Putting people at the centre means there is not one right way of doing things and no universal delivery mechanism, except to start with the energy, passion, creativity and strength in communities and build from there.”

Another emphatic nudge to the public sector to “be brave enough to start a conversation that matters“. (~Margaret Wheatley)

The link again to WCVA’s report page for reference.


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Used to work on Co-production Wales, now somewhere else. Direct any queries to Ruth Dineen on coproductionwales [at] gmail [dot] com.

One thought on “A People’s Commission for Wales: WCVA responds to the Williams Report

  1. I think this short message from WCVA is spot on. My recent experience of working with local authorities is that they are far from ready to work more closely in cooperation. There is growing understanding of co-pro within the third sector, its the public bodies’ commissioning teams that now need a focussed awareness raising campaign.

    Even threats arising from ‘austerity’ cuts are not resulting in a change to LA commissioning at the moment. I am hopeful that there will be a change but where the tipping point will be and what will bring this on I am unsure of. WCVA have more power in this respect, and the ear of WG, so I hope they can pick up the challenge and take their message directly to where it is needed most.

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