Our publications

Co-production Network for Wales: Proposal Nov 2015

Cartrefi Cymru, Co-production Wales, WCVA

Co-production Catalogue: Seeing is Believing

Co-pro what & why; case-studies from Wales; resources & bibliography. A joint project by Public Health Wales & Co-production Wales now available on the WLGA’s Good Practice Wales website.

Co-production Wales Articles

IN MY EXPERIENCE: contributions from our directors, partners and campaign supporters.

Commissioning Report for Health Minister (2015) Jon Skone’s provocative summary of the current commissioning scene in Wales and a call to move from competition to collaboration in order to better serve those we support.

Co-pro in Wales: where are we now?  Ben Dineen of Spice Innovations summarises the potential for co-production to transform our public services – and outlines the barriers that still remain.

It’s the Core Economy stupid  Edgar S. Cahn, American civil rights lawyer and founding father of time-banking, writes an ‘open letter to the co-production community’ with a compelling argument for the need to rebuild and revitalise the core economy ‘of family, friends and neighbours’.

‘Class C’ Abuse: inequality in the care system  Joe Powell (director of All Wales People First) offers a challenge to those providing care to those with learning disabilities, arguing that inequality is embedded in the system.

Market Facilitation? …we’ve had quite enough of that thank you! Adrian Roper of Cartrefi Cymru argues that ‘we must take on the misguided and risk-averse, who insist on destructive tendering procedures; the self-interested who hanker for opportunities to make more riches’ and return to a co-operative and collaborative way of working.

The characteristics of love – a dangerous game?  Dave Horton is the development manager for ACE, an inspirational community initiative in west Cardiff. In this passionately argued article he suggests that ‘love that transforms society involves a “coming alongside”…and it involves vulnerability and risk’.

Who is helping who? Challenging professional boundaries in social care services  Nick Andrews of Swansea University’s Older People and Aging Research Network makes a compelling case forrestoring warm humanity as the driving force for public services, rather than compliance with increasingly centralised and de-personalised processes and systems’.

Planning for change – let’s talk about love  David Robinson (Early Action Task Force, Community Links and lots more) advocates ‘relationships as the organising principle at the heart of our public services and asks for leaders who understand the place of trust and kindness in the public realm’.

Co-producing the NHS: putting people in the picture. Ruth Dineen suggests that Prudent Healthcare will only succeed if the relationship between citizens and health professionals is one of equality and reciprocity. Essay published in Welsh Government’s Prudent Healthcare e-publication, launched on October 6th, 2014. 

Wales should be an enabling state: a response to the Williams Report  Article and comments for IWA Click on Wales  by Ruth Dineen.

Co-production Wales Empowers Users to Co-create Better Public ServicesArticle written for Shareable by Noreen Blanluet and republished on Resilience.org

Co-producing Services – Co-creating Health for 1000 Lives, Tools for Improvement. Ruth Dineen et al

Contribution to David Robinson’s 10 Principles for Better Government Ruth Dineen


Strategy papers

CW3. Co-production Wales Network proposal

CW2. Policy, Potential & Parsnips 

CW1. Co-production Flagship Projects proposal

CW briefing paper for Williams Commission

Factsheet: Co-production – an explanation


‘They believed in me.’ The view from The Wallich  Jan Balsdon of The Wallich explains how co-production has made the organisation ‘richer, more diverse, and better able to meet the needs of the people we support’. Her colleague and former service-user Oz Aldridge offers his own take on the impact of being trusted and respected as a contributor – ‘they believed in me’.

Co-production: first change the system  Simon Pickthall of Vanguard argues that we cannot achieve co-production by simply bolting it on to current systems and processes. First we need to change the thinking…

Action+Learning=sustainable co-production  Emma Falkner discusses the impact of Action Learning on individuals and organisations: one participant, a trainee forensic psychiatrist, suggests that ‘this concept, if implemented across the NHS, may well be paradigm shifting within a generation’.

Wellbeing in Context: what makes a difference?  Dafydd Thomas reflects on the relationship between wellbeing and co-production and on the energising effect of ‘doing with’ rather than ‘being done to’.


The Power of Co-production  Webinar slide presentation for Patient Experience Network / 1000 Lives: Ruth Dineen (scroll down page for link: presentation at 27’ approximately)

 Co-production what and why?  Radio interview for Diverse Cardiff: Noreen Blanluet (55’ approx.)

Co-production principles  Video interview for NHS Wales / 1000 Lives: Ruth Dineen

What does co-production mean to you?  Video interview for SCIE Co-production Group: Noreen Blanluet & Paul Swann (1.36’)

Introduction to Co-production  Video presentation to Carmarthenshire Third-Sector Forum: Ruth Dineen

Recovering Welsh traditions of co-operation and community  Article and comments for IWA Click on Wales: Ruth Dineen

Putting co-production at the heart of public services in Wales  Article for the Guardian Social Care NetworkRuth Dineen

Co-production: all in this together  Article for Higher Education Academy Networks magazine: Ruth Dineen

Event videos: All in this Together 3: coproducing resilient communities (Cardiff, 26th September 2012)

.Campaign work

2016: Advocacy and awareness-raising – commissioning for co-production & co-productive commissioning, measurement and evaluation

Cartrefi Cymru, Co-production Wales, WCVA, and the co-production community.

November 2015: Co-production Network for Wales proposal is co-produced and successfully submitted to Big Lottery

Cartrefi Cymru, Co-production Wales, WCVA, and the co-production community.

December 2014: second Open Letter to the First Minister

Over the past few years, we have, collectively, built an active and knowledgeable co-production community of practice in Wales, internationally acknowledged and often world-leading.

However, although much has been achieved, there is a change in the language being used by Welsh Government. Co-production is being discarded in favour of partnership, engagement and collaboration. The principles outlined by Edgar Cahn are being glossed over or omitted from key documents. The experience of the international co-production community suggests that any dilution of the term puts the entire enterprise at risk.

Today we have sent an Open Letter to Welsh Government asking for ‘an unambiguous statement about the place of co-production in Welsh Government’s public service strategy, legislation and commissioning, underpinned by a shared understanding of the term’ along with a request for support for our Wales Co-production Network proposal.

The Network proposal is supported by over 120 organisations and individuals. Extracts from some of their letters are here. They make a compelling case.

May 2013: Open Letter to the First Minister

To view the letter in English and in Welsh accompanied by the 256 signatures and list of 25 statements of support, click here (opens a pdf).

The statements of support include: Edgar Cahn a founding father of co-production; Chris Grey CEO Emeritus of Timebanks USA; Eddie Bartnik, Mental Health Commissioner of Western Australia; Anna Coote Head of Social Policy at the new economics foundation; David Robinson Chair of the Early Action Task Force; Hazel Stuteley Jonathan Stead of Connecting Communities; Lisa Curtis of Scotlands’ Health and Social Care Alliance; Peter Beresford Chair of Shaping Our Lives; Simon Duffy Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform; Julia Slay Chair of the Co-production Critical Friends Group, new economics foundation; Fiona Garven Director of the Scottish Community Development Centre; Catherine Needham of the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham; Will Norman Director of Research at the Young Foundation; Philip Colligan Executive Director, Innovation Lab Nesta; Ralph Broad Director of Inclusive Neighbourhoods; Neal Lawson Chair of Compass; Paul Ballard Deputy Director of NHS Tayside; Nick Dixon Commissioning Manager, Adult Social Care, & Terry Dafter,  Director, Adult Social Care, Stockport Borough Council; Julienne Meyer, Professor of Nursing, City University and Executive Director of My Home Life programme; Catriona NessOrganisational Development Consultant for NHS Tayside and co-chair of the Scottish Co-production Network; Martin WebberReader at the Centre for Mental Health Social Research, University of York; Angela Coulter, Director of Global Initiatives at the Medical Decisions Foundation and Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Public Health, University of Oxford; Sarah McDonnellChair of Trustees at the Office for Public Management; Carolyn Curtis Chris Vanstone, CEO and Director of Co-design at the Australian Centre for Social Innovation; Lucie Stephens, Director of Co-production, new economics foundation, Canada; Rob Greig, CEO of the National Development Team for Inclusion.

To read Edgar Cahn and Chris Gray’s statement of support, click here (opens a pdf).

To read all the other statements of support, click here (opens a pdf).