The event was open to both academic and research staff and professional support staff who already work in or are interested in finding out more about co-production with the public and public-facing organisations.
The ambitions of the day were to:
- map existing expertise and areas of activity
- explore some of the opportunities and challenges of working in this area
- share learning across a range of practices and techniques and in the ethics of engagement
- identify needs, including training and support needs
- collectively agree ways forward for developing new activity and promoting this type of work
Amongst the areas explored were:
- participatory action research
- participatory technology development
- citizen science
- arts-based engagement
- community engagement
- engagement with schools
- engagement with prisoners and offenders
- public and patient involvement (PPI)
- engagement with charities and the third sector
- engagement with local government
The event commenced with a keynote presentation entitled ‘Practical ideas for research with impact – engagement and communication beyond the academic comfort zone’ by Barbara Evans, Professor of Public Health Engineering, University of Leeds and an expert in international participatory technology and planning development in the area of public health and sanitation.
During the rest of the morning and the afternoon researchers from different departments working in different areas of co-production hosted tables where they presented and discussed their work with the circulating attendees.
In the final plenary session, the event chair Philip Kerrigan (Centre for Future Health project officer) and members of the University's Research and Innovation Development Team considered the findings/points raised during the previous sessions and outlined some cross-cutting themes and priorities.
The following summary report has been produced from these findings: