Join us at our upcoming event on How to achieve the most out of co-production on 14 June 2022.
Involving users means working ‘with people’ not doing things ‘to people’. At NPC we believe charities and funders work best when they involve their beneficiaries in governance, designing services, and developing strategy.
The people whom charities and funders exist to help often have little or no influence over those organisations’ decisions. To achieve impact, it’s critical that charities and funders find meaningful ways for their beneficiaries to let them know how they would like things to be different.
As the evaluation partner for the Building Connections Fund, we supported grant-holders in co-design processes. From this, we’ve published guidance on how to implement and evaluate co-design which is applicable to almost any project, and we run regular training sessions to help you put it into practice. Get in touch with our consultants for support with your project.
Featured resources and commentary on user involvement
Our five-stage roadmap for planning and implementing your co-design. We also explore how to evaluate your outcomes and processes, and how to learn from the data.
Involving users in shaping services and strategies is increasingly considered to be both the right and most effective way for the social sector and charities to work. This paper argues for a greater focus in the social sector on what user involvement aims to achieve and evidencing its effectiveness.
User involvement is in the spotlight, and while participatory and influencing practices are nothing new, they are now making it to the mainstream. But are they being used as well as they could be? Rosie McLeod, Deputy Head of Measurement and Evaluation explores her new research.
This report explains how charities can best harness the views and needs of their beneficiaries in order to improve their impact.
This guide outlines how user mapping techniques can be used to better understand people's lived experiences and drive impact.
Darren Murinas, CEO, Expert Citizens - Expert Citizens is a Stoke-based independent group of people who have all experienced multiple needs.
We talk a lot about the need for charities to involve the intended user when designing services. But we also know that it’s easier said than done. So we decided to have a go at doing. Here are four things we learned from mapping young people's experiences in Camden.
Involving users in planning, delivering and evaluating a charity's work can help make services more effective. But it's also a matter of principle, argues Shona Curvers.
It has been broadly accepted by charities from across the sector that listening to users is not only the moral thing to do—it’s also the smart and logical thing to do. So, how do funders fit into all of this?
This event is part of our Leading Impact series of seminars and will discuss the benefits of co-production, explore good practice principles and share examples from organisations on a co-production journey.
Join us for our May philanthropist and funder peer network event to hear about and discuss the latest developments in philanthropy, share your own experiences and learn from others.
‘Involvement’ is a broad term. Many charities involve people with lived experience in many different ways. What's important is that the involvement affects how decisions are made.
Organisations can struggle to move from light touch consultations to involving people with lived experience in decision-making. In order to truly reflect the voices of people with lived experience, you must give them genuine influence over decisions.
Paying survey participants is standard practice in commercial market research. In the charity sector it is less prevalent. Why is this and how do vouchers or cash rewards affect response rates and survey representativeness?
Co-design happens when a charity and its stakeholders work together to design or rethink a service. But how can we encourage user participation at a time of lockdowns and social distancing?
With social distancing mandatory for the foreseeable future, you’re probably wondering how on earth you can still involve users meaningfully in decision making, be it consultation, co-design or co-production. There are many challenges, but now is not the time to step back.
How do you build trusting and honest relationships when asking sensitive survey questions? Through working with the grant-holders of the Building Connections Fund, we've been exploring how to promote open conversations.
At Christmastime many charities will be campaigning for action on loneliness. Many projects are using co-design to involve people directly in improving community spaces. What are we learning about what works?
The artistic landscape is shifting. Across the country, budgetary pressures and the demands of career-focussed choices mean we may be facing a generation of young people who have never experienced art at school or anywhere else. Philanthropists have an opportunity to change this.
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