5. After co-production: what next?

5.1 What happened?

When the process ends, go back to the measures you set to see if the process was successful overall. Were there good things that happened that you weren't expecting? Were there other things that didn't go so well but that you learnt from?

The co-production process will probably finish with the development of an output; perhaps a strategy, service design or new transport timetable. However, at this point you still won't know if the outcome you agreed at the start has been achieved. The output needs to be implemented - put into practice - before you can know if is has achieved the targets you set. This means it is necessary to monitor what happens. It is then possible to evaluate how successful it is, or whether more needs to be done.

It is possible that your organisation will continue to play a role of some kind:

Supporting delivery: This might be a role in delivering the service, depending what the service is and what your organisation does. For example, your organisation might provide peer support or training for people who use the service.

Monitoring what's happening: Disabled People's Organisations can be well-placed to monitor what's happening on the ground. They can find out what disabled people think of it and whether they have ideas about further improvements.

One possibility is to be part of a monitoring group that reports on progress. It might make sense for it to be made up of representatives from the Disabled People's Organisations that were involved in co-producing the initiative. Or, the monitoring group could include disabled people who weren't involved in the development process. This might make it more objective. It might also include people who are now using the service, or whatever was co-produced.