PERU part of major new European project on public sector reform
PERU will be working with a consortium of 24 partners across Europe on a three-year innovation project Co-creation of Service Innovations in Europe (CoSIE). The vision of CoSIE is to be a catalyst in a new era in the development of public services. Led by Turku University of Applied Sciences, it has received funding of 5 million Euros under Horizon 2020. Partners are universities, companies, public agencies and civil society organizations. CoSIE is informed by learning from research undertaken in Innovative Social Investment; Strengthening Communities in Europe (InnoSI) funded by the European Commission and led by PERU (2015- 2017).
Co-creation is related to concepts of personalisation and co-production. As understood in CoSIE, co-creation is around collective innovation and experimentation. It involves, engages and is led by service users and citizens. It poses many of the same challenges as personalisation, although it is collective in nature and not about individual services.
The project starts in December 2017 and will run for three years. The PERU team is led by Professor Sue Baines (Principal Investigator). Professor Chris Fox and Dr Chris O'Leary are Co-Principal Investigators.