Join us for The Young Foundation’s first peer research conference, Hive: a place where creative minds and participatory research meet.
Over the last decade, we have seen an increasing shift towards evidence-based policy and practice in government, with commissioners, social investors and philanthropic funders. What counts as evidence and measuring the social impact of different interventions and policies has been a continued work in progress over a similar period.
Historically, the experiences and perspectives of people who are directly affected by complex social challenges (or the interventions designed to alleviate them), are far less evidenced and have often not been routinely sought. Some sectors, such as health and homelessness, have been forging a path for participatory research approaches for many years while, in other sectors, the importance of such methods have only recently gained traction.
As a field of practice, peer research remains understudied – and questions over how it is defined and how it intersects with related approaches, such as citizen science, or patient and public involvement, require further examination.
Likewise, frameworks that privilege quantitative methods continue to drive questions about the legitimacy of peer research as a source of evidence for policy-making. As the field rapidly evolves and expands, what ‘good’ looks like is also a question that demands deeper consideration.
Alongside these issues, there is a need to expand our understanding of the pathways created by peer research for people to progress into. These include other roles within the broader research and innovation ecosystem, social action, and other kinds of social and mission-driven employment.
The Peer Research Network, powered by The Young Foundation, is convening the Hive conference to bring together all those involved in commissioning, delivering and responding to peer research to explore these issues.
If you would like to attend Hive, please register your interest here.
If you would like to submit a presentation, other media or roundtable idea, please see the instructions here.