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We recently held our “Navigating Co-production with Linked Data” course on June 5-6 at the sbarc|spark building, Cardiff University. This two-day in-person training provided participants with a clear understanding of co-production principles and how to apply them in data linkage.

Led by Jack Palmer, Dr. Michaela James and Dr. Mayara Silveira Bianchim, attendees engaged in practical exercises and explored real-world case studies in the context of working with external organisations and individuals to develop and deliver research in partnership.

What is co-production?

Co-production is an approach in which people (researchers, patients, practitioners and the public) work together in equal partnership, sharing power and responsibility. Co-production is part of what health researchers call ‘Patient and Public Involvement’ (PPI), but not all PPI activities are co-production, which goes further than engaging or consulting with the people relevant to a project in a limited way, with limited influence over decision-making. Instead, patients and the public are partners in decision-making, can be involved throughout the research lifecycle, and have an active role in prioritising, delivering, analysing and publicising research.

Course leader Jack Palmer, Co-production Officer, said:

“Developing the materials and activities for this course has itself been an exercise in co-development, as we tested ideas and our teaching with early career researchers at Swansea University. Their involvement helped ensure the course reflects the knowledge and skills they were hoping to gain from taking part, and running the teaching for the first time with real participants from all over the UK was a fascinating experience. Being able to learn from each other’s real experiences and challenges was certainly one of the highlights for me, and we’re looking forward to running this course again in the future!”

Watch the course highlights here:

Course highlights:

  • Understanding Co-Production Principles and Values
  • Identifying Key Features of Robust Co-Production Strategies
  • Recognising Potential Gaps in Existing Approaches
  • Developing Detailed Co-Production Strategies
  • Exploring Case Studies
  • Hands-On Experience
  • Collaborative Learning and Peer Support

Learning Outcomes Achieved:

  1. Defined co-production and distinguished it from Patient and Public Engagement (PPE) and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
  2. Critically assessed various co-production strategies to identify strengths and gaps.
  3. Explained co-production principles and values, focusing on their application in data linkage research.
  4. Approached co-production with different groups, especially vulnerable populations.
  5. Developed detailed co-production strategies, including principles, values, milestones, resources, and timeframes.

Thank you to all our learners and tutors for making this event a success. Click below to watch the highlights!

If you’re interested in gaining hands-on experience, find out more about our current courses here: https://dataciseopenlearning.org/courses-2/