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Co-production impact

Published: April 2024

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How to use this resource

This resource is designed to provide insights into how to identify the difference that co-production is making in your work. After learning from previous research and speaking to people working with co-production and people with lived experience, we learnt that there are three key areas within impact that are the most relevant. Therefore, this resource is organised in to four parts. 


Impact is the major change that is achieved towards the end of the process. It is the main objective that everyone is working towards. 


Achievements that happen along the journey towards impact. It can also be called short-term outcomes. 


The benefits of people taking part in co-production. 

Evaluation and feedback

Evaluating the process of co-production and gathering feedback.

Documents for download

While the focus is on understanding impact, we have included sections on co-production achievements (short-term outcomes), benefits, feedback and evaluation of the process. In this resource, we provide a definition for each of these sections to help you choose what you need most and access the right information. 

This resource is designed to support co-production groups, social care workers, and organisations who want to demonstrate the impact of co-production and who want to facilitate the impact assessment process with people with lived experience. The resource offers a more accessible version of impact assessment with insights to encourage the development of tailored approaches to fit specific needs. 

Co-production impact

Co-production impact content – we suggest starting with this document. It contains the definitions of key terms and overall guidance with an example.

Impact easy-ready summary

Contains an easy-ready summary of the impact section to be used by facilitators to include people with lived experience in the impact assessment process.

ToC Guidance template

This Theory of Change (ToC) guidance template provides more detailed guidance on each step of the impact assessment.