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Policy Cafe@ Cardiff University: 'Co-production': participation by a new name or something more radical?
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 from 17:30 to 19:00 (GMT)
Welcome and discussion lead: Mark Drakeford AM Cardiff West
Co-production: talking 'bout a revolution
Ruth Dineen: Director at Co-production Training UK; Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University
Co-production is a values-based approach to public services which, at first glance, appears to consist of nothing more than being really nice to people and accepting that everyone has something to contribute. Although that would arguably be a pretty radical move in its own right, the really radical element lies in the intended outcome of all this niceness and reciprocal inclusivity. And that is nothing less that a genuine shift of power from government to citizen. We need a revolution. The challenge for policy-makers is therefore twofold: how can you legislate for 'niceness', and how can you encourage governments to share power with citizens.
Over to you...
Co-production - a timebanking case study
Becky Booth: Chief Executive at Spice Innovations
Community decline and civic disengagement is not confined to the old mining towns in the South Wales valleys, it's a national trend. Spice has developed agency time credit applications to engage people in the design and delivery of their public and community services and to support people to take a more active role in their communities. Whether that is with pupils in schools, tenants in housing associations or local people working with their community anchor organisation, these time agency tools increase active engagement, reduce dependency and build community and individualesteem. Drawing on examples from Spice's work across England and Wales, Becky will introduce some of the key challenges and opportunities for co-production in public, private and third sector services.
Whether you're coming to find out (more) about co-production, or to engage in debate about it, we'd love to see you there.
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Policy Cafe@ Cardiff University
The aim of the policy cafe is to bring together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to encourage reflection and debate on the relationship between research, policy and practice in diverse fields of social and public policy activity. Opportunities to network, exchange ideas, and to identify future directions in research, policy and practice in Wales are essential outcomes of the cafe.