Building connections fund: Guidance on co-design and community spaces

This document offers practical guidance on co-design, evaluation of co-design and evaluation of community spaces. It includes an introduction to co-design and why it matters, top tips and tools for creating and monitoring a co-design process, and advice on how to evaluate it.

 

We need to understand more about loneliness: the factors associated with it, the effects it has on different people, and how we can prevent or alleviate it. Currently, the evidence base is very limited – we have some data on loneliness in older people, but less for other age groups (including children and young people).

This document offers guidance on co-design, evaluation of co-design and evaluation of community spaces. It includes three main sections:

  1. A brief introduction to co-design and why it matters
  2. Top tips and tools for creating and monitoring a co-design process
  3. Advice on how to evaluate co-design by reflecting on: the benefits of co-design for staff and young people; the quality of the co-design process; and insights into addressing loneliness and social isolation.

This guidance was developed for the Building Connections Fund grant-holders who are working specifically on co-design and community spaces, but can be used by any organisation looking to design or improve its co-design process. It builds on the Guidance on Evaluation for Building Connections Fund Grant-holders, which offers practical guidance for understanding evaluation and evaluating your activities.

This was produced for grant-holders of the Building Connections fund, but can be applied to other projects tackling loneliness.

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