Implementing co-design in the COACCH project

14:00 Wednesday 29 May


Room S16


Katriona Mcglade (Germany) 1; Jenny Tröltzsch (Germany) 1; Paul Watkiss (Germany) 2

1 - Ecologic Institute; 2 - Paul Watkiss Associates

The CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs (COACCH) project is producing improved downscaled estimates of the costs of climate change in Europe. COACCH is using an innovative co-production process to deliver this research, with the aim of generating more useable knowledge for decision makers. Since January 2018, the team has worked to break down communication barriers and open up the research process to practitioners from the public sector, industry, business, researchers and civil society. These research ‘end-users’ have been turned into ‘designers’ and ‘producers’ of research. This presentation reports on this process, detailing the methods used and the emerging results and lessons.

The co-production method for COACCH was designed on the basis of a review of the existing co-design and co-production literature, including previous evaluations. Co-production of knowledge can be viewed as a spectrum, where aims range from instrumental to emergent, and methods span from brokered to ‘agora’ (Harvey et al., 2017). Brokered and instrumental approaches are more likely to yield tangible output-oriented knowledge products within a limited timeframe. This type of approach was selected as the most appropriate for COACCH, a large EU research project, which is operating within specific time constraints and aims. Taking a more bounded approach also allows the project team to steer activities so that the research remains relevant for EU and national strategies and the IPCC process.

The literature review identified 8 key success factors that have delivered successful co-creation processes and results: Process orientated; Objective and outcome led; Targeted; User and decision orientated; Joint product orientated; Iterative; Time managed; Transparent and inclusive; and Part of a cycle of evaluation and learning cycle. These success factors were then used to develop a four-stage co-creation process with a detailed protocol: the stages are co-design, co-production, co-dissemination and evaluation.

The presentation will set out the steps of co-creation and how the engagement process is structured at each stage of the COACCH project. It will also provide early conclusions and emerging insights from the first year and a half of this collaborative process, including evaluation feedback from stakeholders and lessons for future similar studies.