Where Next for Co-creating Public Services? Emerging lessons and new questions from CoSIE
This publication draws together some of the ‘big ideas’ emerging from the Horizon 2020 project CoSIE (Co-creation of Service innovation in Europe) in the form of a discussion paper aimed at European, national and regional policy-makers. The big ideas emerging from CoSIE can be grouped together as ideas associated with 1) conceptualising co-creation, 2) implementing co-creation and 3) evidencing and evaluating co-creation in public service reform.
CoSIE assumes that co-creation becomes innovative if it not only concerns the reduction of the public expenditure, but if it manages also to meet social needs, and to empower the beneficiaries of policies, by changing socio-political relations and redistributing socio-political responsibilities.
More specifically, it aims to a) advance the active shaping of service priorities by end users and their informal support network and b) engage citizens, especially groups often called ’hard to reach’, in the collaborative design of public services. One way it does this is through the development of ten pilot cases, embedded in national contexts, which strongly differ in socio-cultural, socio-political and socio-economical dimensions.
CoSIE 2nd positioning paper – Summary
Co-creation of Public Service Innovation – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Tech – CoSIE White Paper
Various ‘co-processes’ (co-initiation, co-design, co-production, co-implementation) are enthusiastically celebrated initiatives for improving public services. While there are many similarities between the concepts, the distinctions lie in the role of key stakeholders particularly citizens and their representatives.
This paper argues that complexity of public innovation cannot be ‘solved’, but rather must be ‘managed’ in collaborative ways. Innovation is not seen as something that can be created in isolation in ‘laboratory settings’ and then delivered to the users/citizens. Instead, the paper’s rationale is based on the premises that public service innovations should be co-created with citizens and relevant stakeholders. Theoretically, the paper draws on public service logic and service-dominant logic for value (co)creation.
This paper draws together ideas about co-creation, social innovation, social investment and individual and collective values that underpin the CoSIE project and shows the relationship between these concepts and how they can support innovation in public services.
CoSIE 1st Positioning Paper – Summary
Rapid Evidence Appraisal of the Current State of Co-creation in Ten European Countries
This Publication aims to shed light on the concepts of co-creation and social innovation as well as to investigate how they are used and utilized in Europe. REA has been used to identify and present co-creation policies in each participating CoSIE country. This report includes the presentation and evaluation of each policy, highlighting the gaps found in the field and the best practices implemented.