This assessment form and the point system we’ve designed is not meant for ranking or comparison, but rather for revealing potential for improvement or excellence. Organisations should use it for self assessment and possibility to have a critical view on the activities.

What are smart practices?

  • Smart Practices are adaptable and applicable practices, suited to various needs, target groups and circumstances (they are transferable).
  • Smart Practices engage and are accessible for groups with different backgrounds and skills and raise from the needs and the capacity of the learners.
  • Smart Practices improve the current status of communities in a smart way and empower learners to take a more active role in society.
  • Smart Practices include the learners in the construction of the assessment.

What is the context of co-creation?

The Co-Engage project is facilitating co-creation processes in order to turn citizens to be innovators and advocates of positive change in their community. By supporting people to discover and develop their capacities of critical thinking and constructive participation in any issue related to their personal and professional lives, citizens will gain the tools to be empowered and to be equipped for active participation.

We distinguish three types of co-creation/co-production where citizens might be involved:

  1. Citizens as co-implementers
  2. Citizens as co-designers
  3. Citizens as initiators

In this context the smart practices will explore the following effect of co-creation on society:

  1. the value of co-creation in general, as citizens are involved in helping the community.
  2. finding measures which groups of citizens’ directly benefit, paying particular attention to those who have lower education, wealth and/or come from ethnic minorities.
  3. exploring the potential of co-creation in community building, where social capital can be a driver for co-creation, but also an effect.

Co-Engage aims to investigate the relevance of co-creation for citizenship building and connect it to concepts and approaches of civic education, which have rarely been performed.

Checklist for Smart Practices of Co-creation in the context of civil society

Would you like to see if you have a smart practice in co-creation? The table below can help you to find out! Choose a practice, and tick YES or NO for each statement in the checklist. If you have indicated “YES” at least 13 times, there is a chance your practice is a smart practice of co-creation!  If you have reached 13 x YES, please fill out Part B as well to reflect on your practice and share more details with us – we are curious about your experience and accomplishments!