Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments

Theme Co-creation and citizen involvement in social innovation

Work-package Number
2
Work-package Title
Co-creation and citizen involvement in social innovation
Study Countries
Denmark, Estonia, Germany, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom


Focus

Social innovation does not only depend on the environment. It also depends on the way in which relevant stakeholders are actually involved in the exploration and exploitation of new ideas to improve public services. In the literature, this process has been described in terms of co-creation. Moreover, it is stated that it is especially ICT and social media that provide a knowledge and communication infrastructure to facilitate the process of co-creation with citizens. The general assumption is that co-creation opens the door to achieving results that have real added value for these stakeholders, because they have been involved in the design of the new services and products. 

Although there is quite a substantive branch of literature regarding collaboration with and participation of companies, citizens and NGOs when dealing with societal and policy challenges, there is hardly any systematic and empirical knowledge on how 'weak (non- or badly organized or institutionalized) interests' are safeguarded in co-creation processes. In many cases, these 'weak interests' refer to the position of citizens. 

Two types of co-creation can be discerned. First, we look into co-creation processes that involve a broad range of stakeholders since citizens are just one of the stakeholders involved. How does the citizen perspective survive in this jungle of potential interests? Secondly, we can also look at co-creation processes that are primarily focussed on the involvement of citizens, for instance when receiving a social benefit. In doing so, the next step is to analyse the relevant types of co-creation and how weakly organized citizen-based interests can be safeguarded. What kind of coordination mechanisms and instruments are used? Furthermore, it is also relevant to see whether the co-creation process produces outcomes which really address the needs and wishes of the involved stakeholders. Do the outcomes only favour well-established interests, or do they also address the needs of rather weakly organized interests? These questions will be addressed in Work Package 2 which considers co-creation.
 

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2. Co-creation and citizen involvement in social innovation: A comparative case study across 7 EU-countries
Research reports
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A Systematic Review of Co-Creation and Co-Production: Embarking on the Social Innovation Journey
Scientific articles
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Co-creation and Co-production in Social Innovation: A systematic Review and Future Research Agenda
Scientific articles
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Co-creation in social innovation: comparative case-study on the influential factors and outcomes of co-creation
Scientific articles
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Co-production: The State of the Art in Research and the Future Agenda
Scientific articles
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From public innovation to social innovation in the public sector: a literature review of relevant drivers and barriers
Scientific articles
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LIPSE mid-term conference (all presentations)
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LIPSE Newsletter no. 1
Newsletters
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LIPSE Newsletter no. 2
Newsletters
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LIPSE Newsletter no. 3
Newsletters
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LIPSE Newsletter no. 4
Newsletters
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LIPSE Newsletter no. 5
Newsletters
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LIPSE Newsletter no. 6
Newsletters
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Presentation LIPSE Midterm conference: Co-creation and citizen involvement in social innovation
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Self-organization and the role of government: how and why does self-organization evolves in the shadow of hierarchy?
Scientific articles
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Social innovations at the municipal level in Slovakia
Scientific articles
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Social Innovation Game
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Social Innovation in the public sector
Conference presentations
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Ten policy recommendations for co-creation during social innovation
German
Policy briefs
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Ten policy recommendations for co-creation during social innovation
Spanish
Policy briefs
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Ten policy recommendations for co-creation during social innovation
English
Policy briefs
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Ten policy recommendations for co-creation during social innovation
French
Policy briefs
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