Scoping review

In collaboration with the Samskapa program External link, opens in new window. at Jönköping Academy, the Centre for Co-production has carried out a scoping review aimed at summarising how theory, practice, co-production and co-design impact on health and welfare services. This review also examines the extent to which research is capitalised on in the public sector and how far it is designed and carried out co-productively. Knowledge from the scoping review provides important input in the co-production course and will result in scholarly publications within the framework of the Samskapa program supported by FORTE (the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare).


JA and the Centre for Co-production are involved in several innovation initiatives. These include “social innovation” and collaborations with regional development bodies (SIRU, MSI and Visam). To facilitate coordination and the pooling of resources, the Centre for Co-production has formed an innovation group. This has representatives from the various innovation stakeholders. Its goal is the beneficial exploitation of research results. In turn, it is hoped this will promote co-production in innovation systems.

International Coproduction Health Network (ICoHN)

JA’s Centre for Co-production is one of ICoHN’s two leading nodes. The other is the Dartmouth Institute, New Hampshire, the USA. Both Jönköping University (JU) and Region Jönköpings län (RJL) have been partners of the institute for many years. RJL is our regional government organisation. The Centre for Co-production has created a digital platform (hosted by JU) for ICoHN. Via this platform, various international groups (communities of practice) exchange co-production experience and findings. They also spread research results. Centre for Co-production has also developted a series of podcasts for the digital platform.

Follow-on research

The County Council of Jönköping's public health unit has given the School of Health and Welfare at Jönköping University the task of evaluating Origo Resurs’ work with discussion groups. Origo Resurs is a non-profit, holistic rehabilitation resource. In collaboration with JU’s Department of Rehabilitation, the Centre for Co-production is carrying out follow-on research to establish how coaching can serve as a tool in supporting the rehabilitation of people on long-term sick leave. 

Similar follow-on research through the evaluation of “lessons learned” is planned for other innovative forms of co-production in various welfare organisations and product development in the health area.

Action Research Plus (AR+)

The Centre for Co-production is the host of AR+, a partnership that is being formed between institutions worldwide and is aimed at promoting action research. Focused on co-production and writing, the Centre for Co-production is conducting “co-labs”.

Contract research – the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)

This research project aims to monitor, and contribute to, acceleration of the switch (via patient contracts) towards person-centred care and co-production. It is hoped that an interactive process will result in national, regional and local levels being both researched and involved.

Doctoral students

The strategic investment in the Centre for Co-production has acted as a magnet for doctoral students financed by health and welfare operations. In total, fifteen doctoral students are now admitted. They come from different regions in Sweden, from Europe, Canada, the USA and Singapore.