Co-production Guidance Principle 1

Principle 1: Co-production activities with people and communities must be adequately resourced.

Effective co-production requires good planning. Think about the capacity of the group to deliver the co-production, how long it may take and what funding is required to support the activity. For smaller projects and 121 co-production the focus will be more on the logistics, to ensure there is time to do the co-production and arrange support such as advocates or interpreters. Without this initial work the co-production effectiveness will be hindered.

Ways to adequately resource co-production activities with people and communities:

  • Commissioners need to consider engagement funding at a programmes’ inception, with contingency, to provide capacity to respond to changes in the engagement/co-production project.
  • Co-production projects should consider participatory budgeting to support community and voluntary sector shaping co-production activities within a project.

For individual co-production planning with the individual (and unpaid carer) the co-production process needs to focus on the time and capacity for the person (and their unpaid carer) to be effectively involved in the co-production.