Other areas of practice in health and social care integration - including coproduction, self management, and evaluation.

We now have a dedicated Self Management and Co-Production Hub with information and resources related to co-production, self management and House of Care.


Co-production is about organisations, groups and individuals sharing their skills, lived and professional experience and resources. Co-production aims to shift the balance of power, enabling all people involved to have a voice.

“Co-production is about combining our mutual strengths and capacities so that we can work with one another on an equal basis to achieve positive change”

– Fiona Garvie (Director, Scottish Community Development Centre)

Self Management

Self management is about people living with long term conditions being in ‘the driving seat’.  It supports people to live their lives better, on their terms. Self management supports and encourages people living with long term conditions to access information and to develop skills to find out what’s right for their condition and, most importantly, right for them.


Evaluation is the process of thinking about the impact you would like your project to have, and devising indicators that would demonstrate this impact. By collecting and analysing information, you can help measure the impact, and use learning from the findings to inform future projects, research, services, etc.

The Evaluation Pathway

  1. Setting outcomes & indicators
  2. Collecting evidence
  3. Analysing and Reporting
  4. Learning from and acting on your findings

As an example, an outcome might be that the quality of life and mental wellbeing of people using a service is improved.

Evidence might be baseline collection of information (i.e. before the intervention takes place) and 9 month follow-up of EQ5D (This link will take you away from our website) and WEMWBS (This link will take you away from our website).

Once enough data has been gathered, statistical analysis can be carried out and reported on. From this report, briefings may be created for different audiences and stakeholders, e.g. GPs, health professionals, policy makers, MSPs, etc. If any aspects of the intervention were not useful, then they may be removed from future services.

Quality Improvement in Scotland

This briefing outlines the approach to quality improvement implemented by NHS Scotland that has extended to the public service reform agenda more widely e.g. the Early Years Collaborative approach.  Quality Improvement is a systematic approach to making change using tried and tested tools and techniques. Published July 2013.

Meaningful and Measurable

Meaningful and Measurable was a Collaborative Action Research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Within this project, we explored the tension between:

Meaning: the need for detailed, contextualised information on individual experience to inform individual planning and service improvement.

Measurement: the need to aggregate information on personal outcomes to inform decision making at organisational and national levels.

More information about this project can be found on the resources section of this page.