Two new research co-production partners announced

24 Jun 2020
Co-Production Partners

We are pleased to welcome two more organisations to Autism CRC’s Research Co-production Partner Initiative:

These organisations have demonstrated a commitment to research co-production on a sustained basis, and join existing Autism CRC Co-Production Partners, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Macquarie University, Curtin University and University of Southern Queensland.

Evidence demonstrates that engaging individuals on the spectrum and their families and carers as peers in research – from the definition of need to the conduct of research and its application – promotes quality, translatable research relevant to the needs of the community.

To highlight those organisations who are committed to sustainable research co-production, we established the Autism CRC Research Co-production Partner Initiative in 2018. Our co-production partners have demonstrated: 

  • Commitment to co-production: through completed, continuing and research yet to commence
  • Appropriate engagement and recognition: co-producers on the spectrum and/or their families/carers have been, and will continue to be, engaged, recognised and rewarded appropriately
  • Sustainability of co-production: the organisation takes a sustained approach to research co-production, including promotion of co-production internal or external to their organisation.

An expert panel, comprising autism researchers and autistic adults, reviewed and assessed all applications, with recommendations then made to the Board of Autism CRC. 

The Co-Production Partner Initiative builds on previous work undertaken by Autism CRC to promote and facilitate co-production practices, including the development of Inclusive Research Practice Guides and the establishment of the Sylvia Rodger Academy

We commend these organisations for the valuable work they are doing to genuinely engage and work with the autistic and autism communities. 

It is very pleasing to see growing recognition of the value of co-produced research with and for the community.

See the Autism CRC's Research Co-production Partner Initiative for more information about co-production and our full list of current co-production partners.