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At the heart of co-production is a new kind of partnership between public service workers and those who are intended to benefit. That partnership is equal and reciprocal. It combines the strengths of different kinds of knowledge and skill. It aims to build capacity for people to help themselves and each other. That goes for public service workers too: building their capacity to get better outcomes even when service budgets are shrinking.  The ultimate goal is to improve wellbeing for all.  Nesta 2010 

Use our local knowledge and expertise to help shape and run services to improve everyone’s well-being

A co-production approach will often challenge the logic of existing services and in this, will generate uncertainty ; potentially inducing a default fear of the worst or excitement and energy for change. (SCDC 2011)

The process is asset based and starts with and builds on the human and resource assets of the community in question, rather than seeing issues as problems that can be addressed by different forms or service delivery or by “treatment”. …..SCDC 2011


Duneane Collective Co-production pilot report

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Duneane Collective Co-production video


Conference Presentations - A Northern Ireland Perspective on Co-production 22nd February 2017

Joanne Morgan, CDHN

Prof. John Barry, Queens University Belfast

Duneane Collective


Community development and co-production

CDHN firmly believes and understands that coproduction is the outcome of effective community development working. Throughout  our work over the past twenty years we have been committed and instrumental to ensuring that using the knowledge that is held within communities is used to influence change throughout health and social care. The Building Community Pharmacy Project is a live demonstration of how this can be done at a regional level.

Positive Futures  BCPP project with the pharmacist Noelle from Mc Nally's Newry


Please click on the below image to download co-production factsheet.


Please click on the below image to download Participatory Budgeting factsheet.


Reflective Case Stories

Reflective Case Story - The Drink Think Project


Podcast on Co-production 

In this podcast, hear from Kathy Martin from Northern Ireland's Community Development and Health Network. She tells us about CDHN's work, why use co-production, the challenges to using this approach and more generally how co-production is being used in Northern Ireland.


Six principles for engaging communities


Health Beyond Healthcare