The Effectiveness of the Public Services Co-production Process - Results of a Systematic Literature Review

2019;
: pp. 76 - 88
Authors:
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University of Economics in Katowice, Poland

Nowadays co-production is seen as a valuable route to public service reform and to the planning and delivery of effective public services, which is gaining increasing attention. Despite this our understanding of co-production is limited and we still have a lot to learn about how and why coproduction works (and does not). Therefore there is a need to improve knowledge and ability to use co-production successfully. One of the unclear issues are the conditions under which co-production will most likely be effective and how important is trust in this context. This research gap was accepted as a research problem in the article. The main goal was to find answers to two research questions. First, what factors influence the effectiveness of the co-production of public services process? Second, what is the place and role of trust among the factors conditioning the effectiveness of the co-production process? The research was carried out using the systematic literature review and then the word cloud technique as a visualization of word frequency in a given text. As a result of the study, six key conditions for the effectiveness of the service co-production process were identified. One of them is trust, which also affects other factors, however, this is not the most important condition of effectiveness among those indicated in the literature.

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