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Title: The dark side of coproduction: do the costs outweigh the benefits for health research?
Author: Kathryn Oliver, Anita Kothari and Nicholas Mays.
Date Published: 2019
Reference: Health Research Policy and Systems 17:33
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known

Abstract: This article summarise the arguments in favour of coproduction, the different approaches to establishing co-productive work and their costs, and offers some advice as to when and how to consider coproduction. Despite the many reasons for co-production there is little consensus about what it is, why to do it, what it achieves, or the best techniques to achieve change. Furthermore, coproduction is not free of risks or costs. Tensions can arise throughout coproduced research processes between the different interests involved. The authors identify five types of costs associated with coproduced research affecting the research itself, the research process, professional risks for researchers and stakeholders, personal risks for researchers and stakeholders, and risks to the wider cause of scholarship. These costs are rarely mentioned in publications, and there is little help for researchers to avoid the risks to themselves and their stakeholders. The authors conclude that developing co-production requires conscious and reflective research practice, evaluation of how coproduced research practices change outcomes, and exploration of the costs and benefits of coproduction.

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Date Entered: 2019/04/08

Date Edited: 2019/04/08

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