Other resources

On-the-ground evidence of the ability of co-production to deliver effective, efficient and sustainable services is growing. Additional benefits include increased engagement and well-being (for the service user and their carers), re-energised communities and improved job satisfaction for professionals. There is also growing evidence of the economic advantages of this preventative, up-stream approach.

Co-production – what & why?

RSA Seminar: The Core Economy (video) Co-production and the core economy explained by Edgar Cahn, Co-production Wales champion & critical friend and all-round hero of the co-production movement. Worth listening to every one of the inspirational 13 minutes.

Spice Co-production Animation A beautifully clear explanation of co-production and the core economy from the people who know!

We’re all in this together: user and community co-production of public outcomes (2012) A short discussion paper from Tony Bovaird of Birmingham University – what is co-production, why does it matter and what are the implications for public services.

Building Community Capacity: Evidence, efficiency and cost effectiveness  (2012) An evidence round-up by TLAP of the benefits achieved through ‘building social support networks, encouraging membership of groups, nurturing an inclusive community and enabling everyone to make a contribution (participation and co-production)’.

Beyond the State: Mobilising and Co-Producing with Communities – Insights for Policy and Practice (2011) This paper from Birmingham University looks at how community organisation and co-production can shape public policy-making and service delivery in new, creative ways.

Co-production in practice

Co-production: an emerging evidence base for adult social care transformation (2009) An excellent summary, published by SCIE, of the impact of co-production in adult social care – and the barriers to its implementation. Catherine Needham & Sarah Carr of Birmingham University.

Co-production in mental health: a literature review (2013) Commissioned by MIND, this nef-produced report details evidence of the impact of co-production on mental health support, and considers which aspects of co-production are being developed in the sector.

A guide to co-producing children’s services (2009) This nef publication is a supplement to a larger report, Backing the Future: why investing in children is good for us all, the culmination of a programme of research carried out by nef and Action for Children. It draws on six service-level case studies.

Commissioning for co-production & outcomes

Co-produced Commissioning (2014) Comprehensive presentation on the whys and hows of co-produced commissioning produced by Birmingham University and nef.

Right Here: how to commission for better mental health & wellbeing services for young people (2014) One of a series of guides produced by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation – a practical guide for commissioners working with 16-25 year olds in the fields of mental health & wellbeing.


The New Wealth of Time (2010) An overview of timebanking and public services. The report describes how time banking, as a tool to stimulate co-production, is already helping to create better services across a range of areas, including mental and physical health, services for young people and older people, regeneration, housing and criminal justice.

Case-studies and an evaluation of the impact of time-banking from Spice: http://www.justaddspice.org/case-studies & http://www.justaddspice.org/our-work/scale-impact

Measuring progress

Co-production Self-Assessment Framework   (nef) A useful and well-researched audit tool to check progress against the key co-production principles.

Co-production Self-assessment Framework for Young People’s Services  (nef) An audit tool co-produced with young people, for use with young people.

Islington outcomes framework for Young People

Islington Council’s Co-produced Quality Assessment Framework for Youth Provision

Sustainable Livelihoods Framework

Measuring Wellbeing: A guide for practitioners


Co-creating Health / Co-creating Health spiral / Co-producing Services Three ‘how to’ diagrams from illustrator Liz Price, commissioned by Public Health Wales (2014)