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Welcome to the Iriss Co-production blog. In 2017 we put together our popular Co-production Project Planner and distributed hundreds of copies across Scotland. We have been running workshops and events to introduce people to the planner and have been working with individual groups to implement their co-production projects. This blog has been set up to share our progress and answers to commonly asked questions to support the use of the planner.




Have you read through the planner and feel like you need some more in depth information about a particular element? We are regularly adding ‘How to’ tutorials to guide you through using the planner in your projects.


Explore examples of the planner in action in different settings. Take a look at some Iriss projects which have used similar principles, or catch up on projects happening now that are embedding the planner in their practice.


Get your hands on a copy of the Iriss Co-production Project Planner and the suite of Co-production tools that come with it. Download a PDF copy or order print copies.

Project Springboard

Co-production is a process that creates change. It is a way of working with, rather than doing to, people and communities to achieve better outcomes.  Done well, the co-production process can support organisations and individuals become agents for change. This free...

Social service design

As part of Fire Starter Festival 2019, Iriss ran a workshop which provided participants with an opportunity to learn about service design in a social services context, and think critically about how we put people at the centre of such processes. It can be hard to get...

On being ‘human exhibits’ at Fire Starter launch

Myself and Ali Jones from Iriss set off on a cold January morning to celebrate the launch of  Firestarter Festival 2019. Fire Starter Festival is a two-week festival of collaborative learning events, illuminating creative, disruptive and innovative ways in which we...

Co-production Clinic Sessions

        Join us at the Iriss office for one to one sessions to support you in your co-production projects In the run up to #CoProWeekScot we will be running 45 minute  sessions where you can come and discuss a project idea, or think about a project...

Using the planner to navigate tricky conversations

Hello from Govan Community Project! My name is Tilly and I’m the project coordinator for our Participatory Action Research (PAR) project. PAR is a collaborative form of research, based around breaking down the hierarchy between “professional researcher” and the...

How to: Using character tools in co-production

We have been working with a number of different organisations and projects to support them to use the co-production project planner. One thing that we often discussed is trying to navigate the number of different tools that are available to us when we are facilitating...

How to: Use tools to enhance engagement in social services

The Co-production planner includes a suite of facilitation tools that you can use in co-production projects. Iriss produced a publication in 2016 about using tools in social services, it is a really useful introduction to tools and is nicely illustrated too! This...

How to: Address power imbalance through co-production

Who’s in the room? Addressing power imbalance through co-production Over the past few months I have been working on a co-production project planning resource. Focused on putting ideas into action, it draws on my experience of delivering co-production projects with...


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