SCN Learning Events

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The Scottish Co-production Network runs a series of learning events as part of its activity each year. These events bring together network members to learn about practice and ideas from Scotland and beyond. Learning events are held peridocally throughout the year, and we aim to cover a range of different topics and hear from different people across sectors and thematic areas.

Below we have highlighted past learning events, along with the most recent one below.


SCN Learning Event: Evaluating Co-production

Thursday 12th April 2018
Glasgow Woman’s Library, Bridgeton 
12:15 networking lunch for 1pm start - 4pm

This learning event in partnership with Evaluation Support Scotland was a chance to bring together network members to learn more and share experiences about how we should best evaluate co-production.

Questions on the day included:

  • Do you have good tools to share?
  • Can we evaluate in a co-productive way? 
  • Can we measure if we are sharing power?
  • Do you think there’s an evaluation gap to fill?

This was a discussion event with an input from Steven Marwick, Director of Evaluation Support Scotland. Check out the tweets from the day here.

Read the event report here.


Participation and Co-Production 

SCN Learning Event 
Friday 15th September 2017
9.30 am (Registration) for 10.00am start- 12.30pm
Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom

This SCN learning event was a chance for network members to learn more and share experiences about how co-production based approaches can be used within community planning. 
Part 2 "Community Planning" of the Community Empowerment Act places a strong emphasis on participation and co-production. But what does co-production in community planning look like? and how do we best create the conditions for communities to be fully involved in community planning processes?

This event explored how we respond to these key challenges and provided a chance to see how practice is already developing across the country.

Full write up of the event available here.

Co-production and participatory budgeting

SCN Learning Event
Thursday, 20th July 2017
9.30am for 10am start - 2pm, including lunch
The Mews, Edinburgh 

This learning event explored the relationship between co-production, participatory budgeting and commissioning processes and highlighted real examples about what works in co-producing budgets.

Co-production is about involving people in the design and delivery of public services, helping to change their relationship with services to be more equal.

Recently, we have seen a surge of activity in Scotland where communities are working together to decide how to allocate funding to community activity through participatory budgeting (PB). But how can we capitalise on this shift of power? How can we ensure that where communities are taking control of local budgets they are engaging in meaningful processes? How do we support a shift in power that enables them to continue to influence change in their communities?

Full write up of the event available here

Previous learning events

Shaping Scotland’s Vision for Co-production

SCN Learning event
Tuesday, 14th March 2017

The Studio, Glasgow

Throughout 2016 and in the lead up to Co-production Week Scotland, we asked the network to share with us their vision for co-production in Scotland in order to develop a shared message on what co-production can mean for communities, practitioners and policy makers in Scotland. 

Here are some of the visions for co-production:

  • "That it's led by communities - by the people in communities and supported by organisations"
  • "Co-producing public services becomes the new 'normal'."
  • "My vision would be that meaningful co-production is at the core of all initiatives, policies and legislation..."

With this learning event we invited network members to co-produce this shared vision - what it says, how it looks and who it might be aimed at. We presented some of the vision statements we've collected so far and used participative techniques to develop them further.

We also heard from Coproduction Network Wales, who provided an ‘expert listener’ role on the day and shared their reflections about our collective vision, as well as their experience from Wales.

For more information contact


Learning through stories – Co-production Week Scotland Learning Event 


Tuesday 15th November, 09.30 – 1.30 including a networking lunch

Tayside Deaf Hub, The Old Mill, 23 Brown Street, Dundee, DD1 5EF

Taking place during Co-production Week Scotland, this event invited participants to explore what can be learned through stories of co-production, and think about how personal and community stories are at the heart of the approach.

When people are involved in making decisions that affect them and their com

Read a full write up of this event here.


Housing and Homelessness: Where now for service user involvement?


An opportunity to share your learning and experience around co-production


On Wednesday 20th April members of the Scottish Co-production Network came together with people involved in housing and homelessness groups, networks and services to talk about new ways to develop meaningful service user involvement of people with lived experience of homelessness.

The learning event held in partnership with the Scottish Homelessness Involvement and Empowerment Network and Shelter Scotland attracted 100 attendees, many of whom were people with lived experience.

Colleagues from Perth & Kinross Council, the Simon Community Scotland, NHS Fife, SmartLiving Fife, the Glasgow Participation Project and Navigate shared their experiences across the day.  Most valuable was the room given for discussion from which emerged a real appetite to continue to work together to develop a co-productive approach to service user involvement in housing and homelessness.

A core group will hopefully form to take on the work and keep the momentum going, with the SCN’s continued involvement.

Read the full report of the day




Thank you to everyone who contributed to the discussions, as facilitators and in sharing their experiences.  A massive thank you to excellent event partners SHIEN and Shelter Scotland (who have also produced a fantastic blog on the day which you can read here.) 


Co-production: Making it happen

8th December 2016, Perth 

A learning event bringing together SCN members to hear about some of the tools, resources and techniques which support co-production.

This SCN learning event attracted more than 45 attendees from across sectors to be involved in practical workshops run by the people and organisations who have develop and used tools as part of their work. Colleagues from People Powered Health and WellbeingIndependent Living in Scotland (ILIS)Governance InternationalEast Dunbartonshire CouncilIrissNEF and SCDC shared their experiences and expertise with attendees in the full day session.

This report acts as an overview of the day, as well as detailing some of tools and techniques highlighted in the workshops. 

Read the full report here

Co-producing Positive Futures – Learning event

Wednesday 28th October, 9.30 – 12.30
IET Teacher Building, Glasgow

This free SCN learning event was chance to come together and learn about how co-productive approaches are becoming part of Scotland’s justice system. The morning will featured group discussion around these issues, with inputs from three organisations with direct experience of this type of work.

More information here




Community-led Co-production: What is it and what does it look like?

27th March 2015, Perth

This half day event provided an opportunity to share ideas and learn from people’s experience of community led co-production.

More information here