Exploring the value and role of creative practices in research co-production

LANGLEY, Joseph, KAYES, Nicola, GWILT, Ian, SNELLGROVE-CLARKE, Erna, SMITH, Sarah and CRAIG, Claire (2022). Exploring the value and role of creative practices in research co-production. Evidence & Policy: a journal of research, debate and practice, 18 (2).

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Over the past two years, COVID has illustrated how research benefit can be accelerated when need, resources and opportunity coincide. It has also demonstrated the challenges of implementing even relatively simple evidence-based interventions, such as mask wearing and vaccines. The global pandemic response has repeatedly shown that Joe Langley et al 2 evidence use is a complex social process determined by multiple financial, political, ethical, technological, ecological, temporal, and social factors – often in tension with each other. It has underlined the myriad influences on, and gaps between, evidence, knowledge, and action and reminds us of the need for diverse views to inform policy and practice. Co-production is a method that can help weave social factors into the creation and shaping of policy and practice that is easily adopted. Its use has consequently proliferated, and the term has become ubiquitous within research and policy development. Despite this, questions remain regarding what constitutes co-production, what it involves and how to do it well (Green and Johns, 2019), particularly concerning the authenticity of its application and tokenistic use. A previous special issue of this journal (Metz et al, 2019) explored this topic looking at ‘Co-creative approaches to knowledge production’. The editors suggested ‘… a greater focus on the topic of creativity…’ and its application in this space would add to the debate and develop it further. This special issue now picks up that thread by setting out to explore: 1. How is creativity applied within co-production? 2. How does such creativity influence the incorporation of evidence into policy or practice? 3. What impact(s) or effect(s) does creativity have in these applications? 4. What are the implications of this, and for whom?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1605 Policy and Administration; Health Policy & Services
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1332/174426421X16478821515272
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2022 10:37
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2022 10:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30082

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