Our peer research services unlock voices that traditional research doesn’t hear
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.
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.
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.Get in touch
Introduction to Participatory Research
Training for organisations wishing to develop knowledge and skills in participatory and creative research approaches.Book your place
Introduction to peer research course
Courses for organisations wishing to develop their peer research project management skills in-house.Register to attend
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.
The Peer Research Network delivers an NCFE-accredited Peer Research Level 2 qualification.Find out more