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This course was developed by the Co-Production Unit drawing on work from CORDS (Co-production of Research Direction and Strategy)

2 days

Paid Course

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Course details

This course will enable learners to understand and define co-production principles and values within the context of data linkage, and equip them with the skills to identify key features of robust co-production strategies, recognise potential gaps in existing approaches, and develop a detailed co-production strategy. This training covers definitions, principles and values of co-production, resources, and investigation of existing strategies using data linkage case studies. This training includes examples of working with external partners from current work with charities such as Play Wales and Local Authorities. This training provides hands-on experience in understanding how to develop and deliver co-production strategies in the context of data linkage. It is taught by active researchers in Administrative Data Research Centre Wales, Health Data Research UK (Wales region) and  the National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing using their research as case studies.

This course will be delivered over two days in person using the Datacise Platform for self-directed online activity and sharing of materials and resources. Learners will have the opportunity to engage with researchers delivering the training at specific time slots allocated at the end of each day to discuss any questions and/or their current work or projects. 

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for those with no previous knowledge in public and patient involvement.

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

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Students will be required to attend classroom-based lectures held at:

sbarc|spark Building, Cardiff University, Maindy Rd, Cardiff CF24 4HQ

Taught by

Dr Michaela James, Dr May Silveira Bianchim, Mr Jack Palmer of Swansea University

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