1st Edition

Co-creating and Co-producing Research Evidence A Guide for Practitioners and Academics in Health, Social Care and Education Settings

Edited By Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Keith Allan Copyright 2020
    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    The importance of a strong evidence-base is widely recognised in contemporary health, social care and education practice, meaning that there is a real need for research which can be quickly and easily translated into real world situations.

    Research co-produced by practitioners and academics from early stages to end results can draw on each party’s knowledge and experience, in order to create high quality evidence that is relevant and appropriate to practice needs. This guide introduces the basics of co-producing research, looking at the evidence for co-produced research and outlining its theoretical underpinnings, as well as discussing barriers and facilitators to consider. It includes a practitioner perspective and an academic perspective on the benefits and challenges of co-produced research. The substantive chapters are each co-written by an academic and practitioner team and give examples of work carried out – and lessons learned – in public health, education and criminal justice settings. Key learning points are included throughout and drawn together to comprise a toolkit at the end of the book.

    This book teaches academics and practitioners more about how they can find practical evidence-based answers to complex questions.


    Paul Croney

    1. Why should we Co-Produce Research?

    Claire Sullivan and Gill O’ Neill

    2. Co-Production: The Academic Perspective

    Grant J. McGeechan, Louisa J Ells, and Emma L. Giles

    3. Co-Production: The Public Health Practitioner’s Perspective

    Keith Allan, Michelle Baldwin, Kirsty Wilkinson, and Dianne Woodall

    4. Working with Schools to Develop Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement

    Jeremy Segrott and Joan Roberts

    5. Pupils, Teachers and Academics Working Together on a Research Project Examining How Students and Teachers Feel About the New GCSEs

    Michael Chay Hayden, Gillian Waller, Abbey Hodgson, Scott Brown, Sean Harris, Katie Miller, Daniel Barber, Lewis Hudson, and Dorothy Newbury-Birch

    6. Public Health Practioners and Academics working together to evaluate a Mental Health Youth Awareness Programme

    Natalie Connor, Michelle Baldwin, Gill O'Neill, Gillian Walker, and Dorothy Newbury-Birch

    7. "It’s not about telling people to eat better, stop smoking or get on the treadmill"

    Mandy Cheetham, Sarah Gorman, Emma Gibson, and Alice Wiseman

    8. Co-Producing a Story of Recovery: A "Books Beyond Words" Book Group

    Jane Bourne

    9. How Do We Co-Produce Research in the Prison Environment?

    Jennifer Ferguson, Aisha Holloway, Victorial Guthrie, and Dorothy Newbury-Birch

    10. Police Officers and Academics Working Together

    Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Tony Power, Angela Tomlinson, Mark Hatcher, and Mick Urwin

    11. Discussion: What are the Barriers and Facilitators to Co-Production Working and Tools for Working Effectively?

    Dorothy Newbury-Birch and Keith Allan


    Dorothy Newbury-Birch is Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research at the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University where she leads a team of researchers and postgraduate students.

    Keith Allan is a Consultant in Public Health. He has a Master's in Public Health Research, University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Child Health, University of Aberdeen.