Co-production is founded on the idea that not only the consumption but also the production of public services can require the participation of those who benefit from them. The public management literature highlights the effectiveness of the collaborative approach, including co-production, in aligning social behaviours of autonomous actors towards public value creation. However, empirical studies assessing the impact of such approach are rare. We assess the impact of a co-production project addressing iodine deficiency. The empirical analysis displays higher awareness and greater predisposition to prevention, changing dietary habits, of coproducers compared to other citizens. Relevant policy and practical implications for those involved in the prevention and control of iodine deficiency disorders and other public health issues are identified.
Keywords: Co-production, network, collaboration, public value, iodine, iodine deficiency
Daniela Agrimi, Giuseppe Barbieri, Denita Cepiku, Filippo Giordano, Piernicola Garofalo, in "MECOSAN" 96/2015, pp. 33-58, DOI:10.3280/MESA2015-096003