Forthcoming event for researchers who want to influence policy

14th September 2011, Manchester. More info below and at:

What is the role for policy makers in supporting locality co-production?

The public sector is undergoing extensive transformation. Reduced public spending, localism and the Big Society are redefining the delivery of public services. Within this context co-production is increasingly recognised as a means of achieving better services for less money by changing the relationship between those who provide services and those that consume them.

The event on 14th September 2011 in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, 1 Victoria St. will bring together policy makers with early career researchers and co-production practitioners to reflect on how policy might better support co-production practice across services and within government.

The day is being sponsored by MBS, The University of Manchester and the Innovation Space at BIS and will be opened by David Roe, Director of The Innovation Space and closed by…

Prof. Paul Clarke co-founder of Incredible Edible Todmorden will provide an insight into the experience of establishing a high-profile innovative project in a locality and the problematic nature of taking this innovative approach to other towns. Following on from this,

Dr Su Maddock MIOIR, Professor UWE will stimulate a debate with civil servants on challenges facing policy makers in creating the conditions for place-based innovation.

Researchers from Manchester and other universities will present their cutting-edge research on co-production and place-based innovation will provide an empirical grounding for engaging with the key challenges facing policy makers and the development of improved policy and practice through facilitated workshops.


Welcome and introduction – David Rowe (BIS) and Fergus Harradence (BIS) (10.00 – 10.10)

Case study of place-based innovation: Incredible Edible Todmorden – Prof. Paul Clarke (St Mary’s University College, Incredible Edible, Cambridge Education) (10.10 – 10.35)

Discussion: identifying the key challenges for policy makers (10.35 – 11.20)

Su Maddock (MBS) will host a discussion with senior civil servants to identify the key challenges for policy makers in supporting locality co-production. At the end of this session participants will be asked to identify 4 issues that are key challenges to be debated within the ‘from policy to locality’ session.

PhD researchers – ‘Sweating the evidence base’ (11.30 – 12.30)

PhD students will present their research around the issues of co-production and place-based innovation. The presentations will provide an empirical grounding to discuss the key challenges for policy makers.

If you are a PhD student or an early career researcher and you think your research would contribute to this event please email James.Duggan [at]

Lunch (12.30 – 1.30)

Breakout – from policy to locality (1.30 – 3.00)

The key challenges identified during discussion will be taken up in workshops. Each group will be tasked with framing the policy problem and identifying the relationships, technologies and processes involved in resolving the key policy challenge. The groups will feedback by presenting to the other groups.

Challenging the solutions (3.00 – 4.00)

Groups will present their models for engaging with the key policy challenges on a rotating basis within the Innovation Space.

Networking and close (4.00 – 5.00)


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