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A new approach to co-production


Co-production happens when the lived and learned experience of a service/project’s management, staff, users and carers comes together to shape that service/project and make it more effective.

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What do we offer?


At Inclusion Unlimited, our experienced team of disabled consultants can provide you a number of different kinds of support to ensure you are delivering achievable and impactful co-production, including:

  • Training in IU’s unique approach to co-production which works with the practical realities of your organisation.

  • Advice and guidance on how to deliver achievable and impactful co-production in your organisation, taking into account the particular context of your work and the challenges you face.

  • Hands on support for your staff and users to improve the effectiveness of current co-production practices.

  • Full co-production project design, management and delivery.

Contact us today to find out more.

Our clients say:

"Inclusion Unlimited were brought in on behalf of a partnership of local authorities and CCGs to deliver a coproduction exercise with a group of adults with learning disabilities and their families. They came with insight and expertise to help shape the engagement, dealt sensitively with all the different stakeholders and enabled the project to smoothly progress.”

James Mass (he/him)

Director of Adult Social Care
London Borough of Barnet

How do we go about it?


At Inclusion Unlimited, we believe co-production is absolutely crucial to the future of the UK’s public and community services. However, in order for co-production to have the impact it needs to have, we also believe organisations and communities need to start thinking more critically and practically about how its potential can be realised.

Perhaps the biggest reason for this is that the majority of the current literature and guidelines surrounding co-production theory and practice were developed in the noughties. They were therefore designed for a very different political, economic and social landscape.


Since 2008, we have seen immense change in every sphere: funding for public services has been squeezed beyond recognition; regulation, standardisation and scrutiny of public services has increased; our ability to communicate and access information has been continually transformed by digital communications and the internet, changing how communities operate, and even what constitutes a community.


Within this context, Inclusion Unlimited’s team has observed again and again how once exciting and innovative aspects of co-production theory have evolved into insurmountable barriers for organisations aiming to co-produce, barriers which are having a seriously detrimental impact on services and involvement practices across the UK.


This is why, over the past three years, Inclusion Unlimited has taken all of our learnings and created a new approach to co-production; a genuinely viable, practical and effective model of co-production theory and practice which aims to ensure all co-production activities can be both achievable and impactful.


We would love the opportunity to share our thinking and practical guidelines with you today.

Our clients say:

"I needed expert advice and delivery for our workshop on how to market a specific set of hate crime materials. Inclusion Unlimited didn’t disappoint. Their expertise and professionalism meant this part of our project went smoothly and successfully. I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to work with Disabled people who are experts in their field."

Louise Holden (they/them)

Hate Crime Partnership Project Manager
Inclusion London

Let's get started.

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