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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.

How to

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.

New ideas

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.

Explore the planner

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.


An exercise in listening

Carolyn M Holmes shares her experience of embracing ‘coproduction’; and being ‘all ears’.  I don’t remember the word ‘coproduction’ being mentioned over 30 years ago, when I trained to be a social worker. However I learned to knock on doors, to listen, to value personal stories, relationships, the unique individualism of us all, the role…

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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 resource builds on the work included in the co-production project planner. It is designed…

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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 the head around what service design actually means…

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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 can all transform ourselves, our organisations and the wider system. The theme was ‘designing’…

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Co-production Clinic Sessions

Do you need some support getting your project off the ground?Do you want to set aside some time to reflect on what is working and what could be improved in your project?Have you got stuck with a challenge in your co-production process? Join us at the Iriss office for one to one sessions to support…

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