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Table 1 Key learning outcomes. This table presents learning outcomes and recommendations from the project

From: Co-design of harm reduction materials for people who inject drugs to implement research findings

Learning outcome topic Description Recommendation
Stakeholder consultation is key The consultation process with NSP ensured the informational materials are useable/relevant in different NSP contexts. Identify and be responsive to the needs and requirements of a broad range of stakeholders.
Importance of emphasising peers’ preferences The facilitators emphasised that the peers were the experts in the co-design process. Clarify roles and form equitable partnerships at the beginning of the project.
Need to recognise threats to co-production The facilitators found it difficult at times not to intervene or unintentionally influence the views of the co-designers. Engage in reflective practices to recognise and overcome threats to equitable co-production.
Necessary to give peers’ a voice The facilitators advocated for peer viewpoints during meetings they did not attend. Voice peer viewpoints when they are not present.
Flexibility and reflection This project highlights the importance of being flexible and responsive to new insights and ideas. Co-designed projects require flexibility in their approach to ensure the product produced meets the end users’ needs.