Evaluating Co-production: Co:Create - We are Co:Create: Connecting human stories to strategy (April 2016 – March 2019)

This report is an evaluation of the work of the Co:Create team, who were funded for three years by the Department of Health’s Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund to experiment with different approaches to incorporating and embedding co-production into the commissioning cycle. They offered a free resource to commissioners to enable development of co-production skills; trialling co-production on 25 projects in the Sheffield City Region that spanned health, social care and policy.
The programme was based on an overarching theory of change which proposed that creating conditions for people to work together in new ways would promote meaningful engagement between commissioners and local people, which would promote new design solutions for health and social care services.
The evaluation was co-produced by University of Sheffield evaluators and Co:Create staff, using a range of methods to incorporate the views of stakeholders on the process of co-production.