Co-production handbook launched

Knowing how to do Co-production can be daunting. That’s why Oxfordshire County Council has created the Working Together Handbook – a helpful and user-friendly collection of best practice guidance to getting it right.

Co-production is not a new or difficult concept. In simple terms, it means working together to change or improve something, or problem-solving together. But it is a different way of working for many people and organisations, and this can often mean it’s a bit of a challenge to know where to start.

There is no road map for co-production; the process will look different each time, as the nature of the ‘problem’, and the group of people involved in solving it, will vary.

The Handbook is designed to help anyone do co-production, whether you are new to it entirely, or have years of experience. In it, we share the key principles and methods that will support you with the process.

It has very much been shaped by what people involved in a number of different ‘scoping’ sessions said they would want to get from this kind of resource. As a whole, it represents two years’ worth of distilled learning and experience from within the Oxfordshire Co-production Programme, and includes contributions from countless numbers of people.

The Working Together Handbook has been co-designed by members of:

  • Team-Up: Oxfordshire’s Co-production Board
  • Oxfordshire’s Co-production Champions
  • Oxfordshire County Council’s co-production project members
  • Oxfordshire County Council’s Co-production Team

In order to stay aligned to the principles of co-production – those of collaboration, sharing knowledge and promoting and developing our strengths – Oxfordshire County Council has applied a Creative Commons License to the Handbook, which means anyone can re-use it, and re-shape it, but please share where you got it from. Use the logo from the Handbook.

Download your free copy of the full Handbook, or just the guidance sheets or best practice grab sheets.

The format is friendly and easy to use, going for simplicity over style. All of the artwork, colours, and content have been influenced by members of Co-production Oxfordshire.

We hope you find the Handbook useful. Please feedback to Oxfordshire County Council, especially if you have a story to share about the co-production you are doing, and in particular if you find any part of the Handbook especially helpful.

Contact the Co-production Team at: [email protected] or find them on Twitter @OxonCopro