Dr Helena Hollis says support structures can be developed to build participatory research capacities for the future.
Peer research can meaningfully involve communities in generating evidence – but Zoe Dibb says more must be done to evaluate quality and effectiveness.
We worked with East London developers Barking Riverside Ltd (BRL) to launch a pioneering, award-winning social impact project, Thames Futures.
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.Find out more
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.”The Community Land Trust Network
Our thinking and reports
This report explores young people’s experiences of racism on social media, developed and devised by a group of young Kickstart peer research recruits.
This report provides a comprehensive introduction to peer research methodology and advocates for its value as a legitimate and insightful approach.
A report designed and created by young people on the Kickstart scheme, exploring experiences of financial literacy.
Reports designed and created by young people on the Kickstart scheme, exploring experiences of employment among LGBTQ+ young people, and those with ADHD.
A report exploring young people’s experiences of fatphobia, developed and devised by a group of young Kickstart peer research recruits.
Amplify Youth was a programme funded by Credit Suisse and delivered by The Young Foundation. We worked with young people aged 16-25 in challenging areas of East London, Dublin and Belfast. Our aim was to tackle the structural inequality experienced
Using urban and youth policy case studies, this report focuses on peer research and co-production through citizen engagement.