Take part in research

Whether it’s finding out how people really feel about specific challenges, such as Brexit or Covid-19, or exploring broader issues facing communities, such as regeneration, health, education or cohesion, our peer research services unlock voices that traditional research just doesn’t get to hear. This can help your organisation develop better solutions and services for the communities you serve.

The Network offers a range of opportunities to engage with peer research projects, either as a peer researcher or as a participant. Explore our current projects to see how you could get involved.

Understanding youth violence

This £5.2m programme aims to give young people the chance to make their communities safer, fairer places to live. It’s funded by the Youth Endowment Fund, the #iwill Fund, and the Co-op Group.

Exploring the east Birmingham food system

We are working with Birmingham City Council and Smartlyte to investigate barriers in provision of healthy, affordable food by food businesses in East Birmingham.

Civic Journey

A two-year programme, led and shaped by young people, to rethink the national infrastructure for youth support. It’s funded by the National Citizen Service and DCMS, and delivered with the Universities of Sheffield and Huddersfield.

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Training

We support organisations to develop their staff’s peer research skills, and we co-ordinate local teams of peer researchers. Our comprehensive interactive training curriculum for adults and young people can be delivered both virtually and in-person.

Bespoke peer researcher training

Training tailored for your organisation or project. This could include training your staff and a team of peer researchers to deliver a new project, undertake fieldwork, conduct analysis or share out findings. We also offer training participatory research and creative methods.

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Introduction to Participatory Research

Training for organisations wishing to develop knowledge and skills in participatory and creative research approaches.

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Introduction to peer research course

Courses for organisations wishing to develop their peer research project management skills in-house.

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Hive Minds: funding a more participatory future for citizen science

16 November 2022
10:00am – 12:00pm

Representatives from UKRI and the Institute for Community Studies discuss ways to support Citizen Science research.

Introduction to participatory research

24 November 2022
9:30am – 3:30pm

For organisations wishing to develop knowledge and skills in participatory and creative research approaches.

Accreditation

The Peer Research Network delivers an NCFE-accredited Peer Research Level 2 qualification.

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