Resources on Co-Production and Lived Experience

The Clinks Service User Involvement Managers’ Network has recently circulated a number of useful resources on co-production and lived experience. Please see below to access these.

The value of lived experience in social change

Recommended by Tom Lawson, CEO of Leap Confronting Conflict, at our recent event on involving service users in governance, this research report by Baljeet Sandhu examines how the UK social sector values and cultivates the work of people with lived experience in leading social change. It explores the benefits lived experience brings to social purpose organisations, to civil society, and to experts by experience themselves, and suggests ways we can move forward to give all those who look to use their lived experience to drive social change the opportunity to do so. Download the report here

Active citizen forums in prison

This report by the Prison Reform Trust presents the findings of their active citizens programme, launched in 2015. The programme ran active citizens forums in ten prisons, working with groups of people in prison to study a specific problem and propose solutions for the governor to consider. The report identifies problems with the programme, such as a lack of planning around safety issues for prisoners participating, but concludes that forums work well to provide senior management with prisoners’ perspectives on specific concerns and that they support people to develop a sense of responsibility towards each other. Read the report here

Service user involvement and identity

Shaping our Lives have published the findings of an in-depth research study into service user involvement and identity. The research aims to improve understanding of good and bad experiences of service user involvement in the commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation of public sector services and the challenges faced by service users in negotiating their dual role of both being a service user representative and recipients of services. The resources include a report of the research findings, a good practice guide for service providers, and a guide for disabled people considering becoming a representative for a service. Find out more here