The Ignite programme to initiate a set of community-university knowledge partnerships was designed, developed and delivered by CUPP. However, it would not have been possible without the support of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) including funding from their Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research (SEE-PER) initiative.
At the heart of Ignite is an incubator model for developing a suite of partnerships based on a framework for supporting community and research partners, including those new to co-production. This framework was designed around five clear steps achievable within a year:
Step 1. Embarking
Establishing a community-university advisory group and launching an open competition to find a set of new partnerships to take part in Ignite.
Step 2. Exploring
Encouraging exploration of potential partnerships that prioritise mutual benefits for community partners and researchers. Where possible, supporting potential partners in their bids to the Ignite programme.