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Considering power relationships in co-design

Alysha Baratta writes on the InWithForward blog, about the balance of power in a co-design process: https://inwithforward.com/2019/07/panacea-for-power Power isn’t some quantifiable unit that can be split 50/50. First, our positionality means we wield power in ways beyond our control. As a trained human geographer, I think about how my fixed or culturally ascribed attributes (race, class, gender) situate me in the world and next to people I co-design with. I also think about life experiences […]

Mayday Trust and homelessness: we’re working to fix a broken system

Mayday Trust completely overhauled their organisation and the way they treated homelessness and ended up providing a much better service for those in need. What Mayday believes, and will continue to inject into the discussions, is that the solution to homelessness will fundamentally not come from psychiatry, sociology, psychology, the housing sector – although all the focus and thinking at this time is invaluable. Instead change will come from listening to people, reflecting, getting to […]

Good things happening: a collection of articles

This is how people can truly take back control: from the bottom up OPINION: George Monbiot The Guardian Our atomised communities can heal themselves. Through local initiatives we can regenerate our culture and make politics relevant again. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/08/take-back-control-bottom-up-communities Working with Gypsy Traveller and Roma communities NEWS AND EVENTS IRISS Exploring how co-production can equip social services with the cultural competency they need when working with Gypsy Traveller and Roma communities. https://www.iriss.org.uk/news/post-event-reports/2018/03/20/working-gypsy-traveller-and-roma-communities

Co-production – Sharing Our Experiences, Reflecting on Our Learning

This extensive resource is ImROC’s contribution to  the discussion on what coproduction is. As we collated narrative accounts, and reflected on our learning over the last 7 years, it became clear that new ideas, opportunities and passion arise consistently from experiences of co-production on the ground. At a time when services are very stretched and conventional problem-solving approaches are outdated, working together as equals becomes a powerful force for connection and improvement.  It reignites hope and […]

Public service: state of transformation

This report from the Public Service Transformation Academy sets out a series of case studies from 2018 in an attempt to usefully survey what transformation could mean in public services. Health and care integration, as well as digital delivery were identified most often as the most significant current transformation initiatives. The Wigan Deal was mentioned a number of times as being one of the best examples of transformation. Read the full report. 

Organisational innovation and integrated care: Lessons from Buurtzorg.

An examination of how a devolved private care system creates a much more positive environment for those in its care.   https://www.researchgate.net/publication/266160131_Organizational_innovation_and_integrated_care_Lessons_from_Buurtzorg   PLEASE NOTE – this link provides an abstract of the relevant article. It is readily available to purchase from multiple outlets online.

New approaches to health (Well Doncaster)

Well Doncaster’s holistic approach to health looks beyond clinical care and tackling unhealthy behaviours. The organisation is a part of a national program of work by Public Health England and Manchester University in response to the Due North report’s findings around the health inequalities between the North and the South of England. The team’s interview with Ideas Hub gives lots of tidbits and advice that will help other organisations looking to create something similar or work in the […]

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