Understanding the benefits of co-production

Co-production means working with disabled people as partners at a strategic level and involving them throughout the life of the policy or project. This level of involvement can have a very positive impact on its effectiveness.

Benefits to co-production include:

  • access to first-hand experience of disabled people
  • publicly demonstrating the value placed on the views of customers
  • creating credible relationships by working together to identify solutions to difficult problems
  • producing better solutions

Co-production could mean working closely with a particular organisation or inviting a range of disabled people to offer advice on the policy or project. This ensures that the same group of disabled people will be involved throughout development and delivery.

Ensuring that disabled people are involved effectively can seem challenging if you don’t have any experience. Our consultancy has loads of this! We would be very happy to help you set up your own co-production with disabled people.