Millions are wasted each year by local authorities and other public bodies on unimginative consultations that yield little in terms of organisational intelligence or improved public services. Are We Being Heard is the report on Chamberlain Forum’s collaborative enquiry into the practice and future of consultation. Five key insights from the 9 month research based [...]
‘Coproduction in Practice: Six Case Studies of Coproduction in the West Midlands’ was launched on February 11th at the ICC in Birmingham. The report is still in draft form, and will be open to comments until February 28th. You can download a copy of the report below, plus each of the 6 case studies. Please [...]
Below are a series of supplemtary briefings used as part of the SDM Facilitator Training. They have been written to supplemnet the SDM Manual, and aid facilitators run effective story circles. If you have any questions or queries about any of the briefings, please contact us 1 Chunking 2 Dialogue 3 useful Questions [...]
The whole way we think of public services and the part they play in making neighbourhoods may need to change. The challenge, identified in Chamberlain Forum’s Looking Sideways report on neighbourhood coproduction, is to look beyond the management of individual public services and instead at how they work together, and with communities, to create more, or less, good places to live. As the local State shrinks, the only way it can gain influence is by working better with communities. Government calls this idea ‘Big Society’. It requires better use of local assets and the local State to work with the grain of community interest. This is coproduction. It is the new Municipalism.