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11: Employing people with lived experience

When someone with lived experience of disadvantage becomes involved in co-production, often their natural desire is to develop and grow so that they can take on responsibilities and even seek employment within the area they are involved in.

In this 'Conversation on Co-production we will be discus the benefits of employing people with lived experience and the challenges that might pose.


10: Gathering the evidence

Evidencing co-production is hard enough, but when you are a small organisation it can be really tough. Evidencing takes time and resources and if you don’t have the capacity it can often slip down the list of priorities or get forgotten. Even when you do have the capacity and the skills to evidence your work it can still be hard when we often work within systems that are process driven with a thirst for numbers.

In this 'Conversation on co-production' we looked at these challenges and how we can evidence our work.


9: Keeping up momentum

Many times co-production begins with great intentions, but this can dissolve over time. Organisations and individuals priorities can change, and interest can be lost where there are no quick wins.

In this Conversation on Coproduction we discuss how to keep groups inspired, engaged and active.


8: Getting voices heard at strategic meetings

Getting the voices of lived experience heard in strategic meetings can be hard, and when done wrong can have negative results.

In this 'Conversation on co-production' we discussed some of the things that you could do to ensure it comes as smoothly as possible and that the experience is positive for all those involved.


7: Roles and responsibilities in the room

We often talk about the roles we play within the world of co-production, be we don’t often reflect about what that means or the impact that they have.

This week in our “Conversations on Co-production” series we asked ourselves exactly that. There were four main roles that emerged during the conversation.


6: Connecting as equals

At Expert Link, we believe that when connected as equals, we can co-produce and achieve so much more.

However, when we come together to do co-production, it can often feel like we are coming from un-connected worlds.

In this conversation we look at how we can recognise the connections we do have and build a strong, equitable, community.


5: Co-production in a digital world [revisited]

Co-production in a digital world, how much have we learnt?

After a month of learning, growing and experiencing co-production in a digital world, we revisited this subject to share our wisdom and learn from others.


5: Unleashing all the wisdom

Nobody has all of the skills, talents and wisdom needed to do co-production. But EVERYONE has different skills, talents and experiences to bring to the table, even if they do not have the confidence to do so.

In this conversation we look at how to recognise our skills and talents, and recognise the skills and talents of others, so that co-production is effective.


4: When to re-balance the power?

Co-production is about a re-balancing of power. But this can be difficult.

In this conversation we looked at how to re-balance this power to make co-production effective.


3: What is Co-production?

With services and policy changing rapidly, many decisions are being made which will have dramatic impact on peoples lives.

The 'truth' of coproduction is different to different people. This can be great for innovation, but can also prevent progress and lead to many people being lost.

In this conversation we explored what coproduction means to different people working in the areal, whether there was commonality and some guiding principles that could be used so that the right decisions are made.


2: Co-production in a digital world

It is now more important than ever that people with lived experience of multiple disadvantages have their voices heard.

But with increasing reliance on digital, rather than face-to-face contact, how can we make sure this happens? What opportunities are there to embrace more digital opportunities, and move beyond them where necessary?


1: Valuing the voice of lived experience

The need to value people, and for people to feel valued, is critical for effective coproduction. 

We hosted an online conversation with people from across England to share and learn ideas on what this means, from purpose and accessibility to feedback and vouchers.


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