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Scottish Co-production Network Learning Event, Perth Concert Hall, Perth 27 March

Scottish Co-production Network Learning Event, Perth Concert Hall, Perth 27 March 2015Community led co-production – what does it look like; how do we support it? Dadscare are fully Scottish Co-production compliant.

Scottish Co-production Network Learning Event, Perth Concert Hall, Perth 27 March; Key discussion points:

• People can become institutionalised. Staff can fear change and uncertainty about their jobs. People using services may not be used to being asked the views or fear negative consequences if they are seen to be complaining.
• Tools are useful but should not become an end in their own right. They should always focus on following through to action.
• Language is still a big challenge – people use different definitions of co-production, so getting a shared understanding is difficult.
• We need to be sure that doing co-production is not an excuse for cutting services.
• Developing trust and getting beyond competition is important – shared values
• Integration is a key factor to some developments
• We need to resource capacity building
• Facilities need to be accessible and not just run for profit
• Doing co-production is not easy but it is worth it!
• We need to share lessons more

Lessons and learning:
• In Perth and Kinross there is still some way to go in terms of signposting people to services and other resources/support
• We should advocate and push for co-production but be honest about where we are at in delivering it
• We need to describe better and more often what co-production looks like in practice
• If using tools (e.g. character profiles) we need to be careful to follow through and not use them as substitutes for engaging with real people
• People need to make better use of connections and networks to help share lessons and learning.
• There are different levels/ tiers of involvement and different opportunities for communities to lead co-production
• Co-production needs to be seen as a whole process and be flexible
• We shouldn’t pigeon hole people and make assumptions about them
• We need to bring diverse groups together and share learning
• Sustainability of co-production requires cascading lessons, a developmental approach, leadership and managing expectations

7 April 2015

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