|Collaborating creatively: the why and how of methods of coproduction and cocreation|
The idea of cocreation, as a concept, method and policy tool, has increased in popularity in recent years yet remains under-utilised. As a methodology it has great potential to address inequalities in research relationships and processes, and to produce innovative, community-identified responses and solutions. With Dr Tatiana Salisbury (Kings College London and Round 3 Future Leaders Fellow), Dr Anna Tarrant ran three training and learning workshops for the current Future Leaders cohorts to explore the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of participatory methods, with a particular focus on co-creation.
What do we mean by cocreation?
Cocreation has been described as a form of ‘collaborative creativity’ (ACCOMPLISHH, 2018), that enables innovation with rather than for involved stakeholders. The workshops are built with this ethos in mind. Cocreation brings different parties together to jointly produce mutually valued outcomes. The workshops did the same by bringing multiple stakeholder groups together to explore the potential and challenges of co-creation at all stages of the research process.
As research leaders in training, Future Leaders Fellows are well placed to drive creative and innovative research and transformation. However, there are few opportunities or spaces to explore how they might do that creativity and inclusively and in collaboration with the communities with whom they research to produce impact.
The workshops, which were expertly facilitated by The Collective, introduced co-creation, explored the added value of participatory methods for world leading and global research, and aimed to embed understanding of how they might be applied. Held online, they also showcased cutting edge examples of good practice.
Resources and Outputs
Learning resources in the form of videos and images will be uploaded on conclusion of the workshops
The ‘why’ of cocreation, 28th April 2022
The ‘how’ of cocreation, 24th May 2022