What is Co-Production

Started by Tony Budak, October 16, 2014, 11:58:59 am

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Ruth Dineen

Our view of co-production is distinctly political (small 'p') - ultimately it's about social justice and shared power. The definition is not just about 'a group of people working together as equals' - but 'an approach to public services which enables professionals and citizens to work together on the basis of equal and reciprocal relationships'. The traditional context is generally one within which the 'professionals' have authority and power and are seen as 'the experts' in any situation; the citizens are those who are 'in need' of their expertise. Co-production is an attempt to realign the relationship, acknowledging that people do not, in reality, have equal power or equal rights or an equal voice and that professionals, even with the best will in the world, often perpetuate this inequality by not acknowledging or valuing others as contributors.

Tony Budak

October 16, 2014, 11:58:59 am #1 Last Edit: October 16, 2014, 06:32:01 pm by Tony Budak
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