The ‘ripple effect’ of participatory research

New research from the Institute for Community Studies evaluates UKRI-funded research projects, seeking to better understand the value and scope of ‘citizen science’  

Hive Minds: A series of peer research talks and debates

21 September 2022
10:00am – 12:00pm

At this online webinar, join representatives from UKRI and The Young Foundation’s Institute for Community Studies to explore ways to support Citizen Science research approaches.

Building ‘15-minute neighbourhoods’: what’s on your doorstep?  

We’re working with communities and the Council in Waltham Forest to better understand local needs and shape neighbourhoods 

What is peer research?

Peer research is empowering. It is directed and conducted by people with lived experience of the issues being studied. This means people can affect positive change that matters to them.

Peer researchers have a deep and personal understanding of the social or geographical community being studied. They may assist with research design, help develop research tools, collect and analyse data, and help write up and disseminate findings.

Peer research can also be referred to as community research – or as user involvement or service user research when it is conducted together with the users of a specific service to evaluate that service.

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Working with The Young Foundation’s Peer Research Network was easy from beginning to end. They took the lead in selecting, training and supporting peer researchers. We had strong communication throughout and the final report will be a key part of our strategy. They balanced maintaining the independence of the research while also incorporating our feedback judiciously. We recommend The Young Foundation to carry out peer research.”

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