January 2, 2024
We launched our Measuring Success in Co-production funding call in September. Building on our previous Value of Co-production research and pilot projects, we want to explore both the impact and evaluation of co-production within the themes of climate change, mental health and wellbeing.
Our first event about this funding call attracted over 200 potential applicants. Community groups, third sector organisations, academics, and people with lived and living experience were all keen to connect with each other and we facilitated this at our networking event in October.
As you might expect, we are co-producing the funding programme ourselves. Our team of five co-producers along with our community and academic partners are all keen to share what we learn from the development of the programme itself, before we support the evaluation and co-production activities of the funded projects which start in January. The programme team brings together people with a diverse range of expertise and lived/living experience, including the UCL Evaluation Exchange and Compost London (who are leading the co-design and co-delivery of deepening practice sessions and mentoring to support for the projects), UCL Grand Challenges and The Academy of Medical Sciences.
We were thrilled to receive more than 50 applications in November. Working at pace, our team reviewed all applications within extremely tight deadlines; it was a great team effort!
23 projects were shortlisted and examined in greater detail, and from these applications, eight have been chosen to be funded. These projects are:
The projects are extremely varied. From using creative music sessions to help people recovering from brain injuries, to supporting the mental health of people experiencing homelessness, what the projects all share is a belief that equitable collaboration can allow purposeful research to improve outcomes. One initiative will investigate the challenges neurodivergent people encounter when taking action against climate change whilst another explores how co-production can be used to set strategies for the development of new research institutions.
2024 is shaping up to be an exciting year for us, and we hope you will keep up to date with our programme by checking in with our Measuring Success in Co-production webpage.
These are some of the things we are looking forward to being involved with in January:
We will share further information about all of these pieces of work, and how you can get involved, soon.
Please get in touch if you have any questions at all. You can reach us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to working with you in 2024 and beyond!