Co-production is a way to create a more equal relationship between the people who use public services and those who provide them.
It is based on the idea that everyone has something to offer, and so by working together and drawing on these strengths, we can create a balance of power, and create services that work for everyone.
Co-production shares the same principles as community development. It supports people to use their own experiences and capacity to influence, blurring the boundaries between ‘professionals’ and ‘service users’ so that power is shared more equally.
Co-production isn't just about community groups having their voices heard: it's about them being central in shaping services, local partnerships and policy.
What we do
At SCDC, we host the Scottish Co-production Network – a free network for anyone who is interested in learning about and developing co-production approaches. The network holds regularly learning events throughout the year, has a wealth of online resources, and facilitates Co-production Week Scotland. You can find out more and sign up to the network here.