Generating 'good enough' evidence for co-production

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Co-production is not a new concept but it is one with renewed prominence and reach in contemporary policy discourse. It refers to joint working between people or groups who have traditionally been separated into categories of user and producer. The article focuses on the coproduction of public services, offering theory-based and knowledge-based routes to evidencing co-production. It cites a range of ‘good enough’ methodologies which community organisations and small-scale service providers experimenting with co-production can use to assess the potential contribution, including appreciative inquiry, peer-to-peer learning and data sharing. These approaches have the potential to foster innovation and scale-out experimentation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEvidence and Policy
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Oct 2015


  • co-production
  • evidence
  • evaluation
  • appreciative inquiry


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