Co-production for quality of services and quality of life

26 November 2016
The participants of the event

On 23 November 2016, EDF co-organised an event with the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR). The event was entitled 'Co-production for quality of services and quality of life' and focused on how co-production relates to empowerment, what co-production looks like in practice, on what are the barriers to empowering co-production practices and how they can be overcome.

The event launched a study on co-production in services for people with disabilities published by EPR in collaboration with the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL). The study analyses good practices from EPR members in the field of co-production of services, focusing on people with disabilities.

ENIL researcher, Lilia Angelova, presented the study by explaining that for the study, ‘co-production’ is understood to mean equal partnership and collaboration between service providers and people using services. She also presented main findings and recommendations.

Live interviews were made with two EPR members, Rehab Group from Ireland and Josefsheim-Bigge from Germany about their co-production practices.

The second part of the event was a panel debate of representatives of service providers and service users at the European level. Participants were invited to discuss in groups few recommendations for next steps.

Pat Clarke, Member of EDF Executive Committee, stated: "Co-production is an important means to ensure the empowerment of persons with disabilities as it allows for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the design, implementation and evaluation of services. For these reasons it is also vital that persons with disabilities collaborate and interact with service providers and institutions, which is why it is also positive to see representative of various stakeholder groups present here today".

The agenda of the event can be found here.

The report of the event can be found here.

Pictures of the event can be found here.


In October 2016, EDF signed a joint declaration on co-production, entitled ‘Developing Together the Support of Tomorrow’. Other co-signatories of the declaration were the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), ENIL, Coface Families Europe, Inclusion Europe and Mental Health Europe (MHE).

The joint declaration can be downloaded here.


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