Co-production in local government: process, codification and capacity building of new knowledge in collective reflection spaces: workshops findings from a UK mixed methods study

van der Graaf, Peter, Cheetham, Mandy, Redgate, Samantha, Humble, Clare and Adamson, Ashley (2021) Co-production in local government: process, codification and capacity building of new knowledge in collective reflection spaces: workshops findings from a UK mixed methods study. Health Research Policy and Systems, 19 (1). p. 12. ISSN 1478-450

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Abstract

Background: Co-production of research evidence is valued by local government to improve effective decision-making about public services in times of austerity. However, underlying structural issues of power (so-called ‘dark shadows of co production’) challenge this ambition with limited evidence on how to embed research use sustainably. In this paper we reflect on mechanisms for increasing co-production in local government.
Methods:
This paper presents findings from a Health Foundation funded research project that explored how a culture of evidence use to improve population health could be embedded in UK local government. Five linked work packages were undertaken using mixed methods. In this paper, we report the views of UK local authority staff who participated in four workshops (n=54), informed by a rapid literature review and an online scoping survey.
Results:
We identified five themes that facilitate public health evidence use in local government: 1) new governance arrangements to integrate national and local policies , 2) codifying research evidence through local system-wide approaches and 3) ongoing evaluation of programmes , and 4) overcoming political and cultural barriers by increasing absorptive capacity of Local Authorities to embed co-produced knowledge in their cognitive structures. This requires adaptive governance through relationship building between academic researchers and Local Authority staff and shared understanding of fragmented local policy making, which are supported by 5) collective spaces for reflection within local government.
Conclusions:
Creating collective spaces for reflection in between government departments allows for iterative, interactive processes of co-production with external partners that support emergence of new governance structures to socially action the co produced knowledge in context and build capacity for sustained evidence use.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Information: AA conceived the idea for the study, developed the study design and sought funding from the Health Foundation, with input from all authors and CIs. Data collection and analysis were undertaken by AA, MC, SR, CH and PvdG. Data interpretation was supported by all authors. The paper was drafted by PvdG and was commented on by all authors. All authors read and approved the final manuscript. Funding Information: Funding from the Health Foundation is gratefully acknowledged. The Health Foundation was not involved in the design of the study, nor the collection and analysis of the data. A representative from the Health Foundation participated in the final workshop to support data interpretation but was not involved in writing the manuscript.
Uncontrolled Keywords: co-production, knowledge brokering, translational research, public health, embedded research
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 15:41
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 13:37
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45178

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