‘A community space, a pub, and better lighting in public spaces’

What do communities need? Leonie Taylor reflects on the realities of engaging local people in planning strategies and highlights the importance of peer research as a driver for change.

Our food system: community research exploring access to healthy food in East Birmingham

Drawing on East Birmingham residents’ lived experiences, this report offers policy recommendations for healthy food systems.

Hive Minds: Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) community research evaluation

13 December 2023
12:30pm – 1:30pm

First hand insights from Dartington Services Design Lab community researchers in South London.

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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'You can have an open, honest conversation'

Peer researchers in the East Midlands town of Corby reflect on the value and impact of their work, in a film created as part of the European Uplift Youth programme.

Setting standards for quality peer research

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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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