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This course will enable learners to understand and define co-production principles and values within the context of data linkage.

Course description:

This course teaches learners how to apply co-production principles in data linkage using examples of working with external partners from current work with Local Authorities and charities such as Play Wales. The training will enable learners to:

  • Understand co-production principles and values: Learners will learn about the fundamental concepts of co-production and how they apply specifically within the context of data linkage. This involves understanding the principles and values that underpin effective co-production strategies.
  • Identify key features of robust co-production strategies: Learners will develop the skills to recognise essential components of successful co-production strategies. This may include understanding the importance of collaboration, transparency, inclusivity, and accountability.
  • Recognise potential gaps in existing approaches: Learners will learn how to critically assess current co-production approaches, identifying potential shortcomings or areas for improvement. This involves evaluating existing strategies and pinpointing areas where enhancement can be made.
  • Develop detailed co-production strategies: Learners will be equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to develop comprehensive co-production strategies tailored to their specific contexts. This involves understanding how to integrate co-production principles into the data linkage process effectively.
  • Exploring case studies: Learners will be provided examples of collaborating with external partners, such as local authorities and charities, demonstrating how co-production principles can be applied in these partnerships effectively.
  • Hands-on experience: Through interactive activities and practical exercises, learners will gain hands-on experience in developing and delivering co-production strategies within the context of data linkage. This practical component is essential for reinforcing theoretical concepts and building practical skills.
  • Collaborative learning and peer support: Delivered by active researchers from Administrative Data Research Wales, Health Data Research UK Wales, and the National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing, learners will benefit from their peers through their real-world experiences.


Learning mode

This course will be delivered in person over two days.

At the end of each day:

  • Learners will have the opportunity to interact with the researchers who will be delivering the training.
  • Specific time slots allocated for the discussion of any questions related to their current work or projects.
  • Learners will be required to complete an assessment online.


Who should attend?

This course is designed for those without previous knowledge of public and patient involvement, and is suitable for:

  • PhD students
  • Researchers in any domain
  • Analysts


Skills area and competencies

Skill area:

  • Problem definition and communication with stakeholders


Skill competencies:

  • Problem definition and communication with stakeholders
  • Relationship management


Learning outcomes

  1. Define Co-production and differentiate it from Patient and Public Engagement (PPE) and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) using appropriate guidance for specific contexts.
  2. Critically assess different co-production strategies across different contexts and settings to identify features of robust co-production and gaps.
  3. Explain the principles and values of co-production using appropriate guidance (e.g. CORDS, NIHR)  and how these could be applied in practice, with a focus on data linkage research.
  4. Understand how to approach co-production with different groups in practice, particularly vulnerable populations.
  5. Write a full and detailed co-production strategy; which incorporates co-production principles and values including milestones, resources and time frame whilst considering different contexts, settings and populations.


Transferrable skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Team working
  • Information technology
  • Planning and organization
  • Communication
  • Facilitation



DAY 1: Definitions, principles and values

  1. Co-production definitions, principles and values
  2. Differentiating Co-Production from PPI and PPE
  3. Introduction to Co-Production frameworks and toolkits
  4. Data linkage context and skills needed
  5. Assessment of training needs


DAY 2:  Co-production across the research lifecycle

  1. When to start your co-production strategy?
  2. Stakeholder mapping and recruitment
  3. Creating partnerships
  4. Evaluating and monitoring activities and impact
  5. Reporting co-production strategy and outcomes



  • PhD student or Administrative Data Research Wales core-funded staff or SAIL Databank TRE users (UK and worldwide): £650.00 per delegate
  • UK non-commercial organisation: £850.00 per delegate
  • UK commercial organisation: £1,050.00 per delegate
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