Policy Press

The Practitioner Guide to Participatory Research with Groups and Communities

By Kaz Stuart and Lucy Maynard

Published

Dec 22, 2022

Page count

194 pages

ISBN

978-1447362272

Dimensions

216 x 240 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Dec 22, 2022

Page count

194 pages

ISBN

978-1447362289

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Dec 22, 2022

Page count

194 pages

ISBN

978-1447362289

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
The Practitioner Guide to Participatory Research with Groups and Communities

Avoiding both over-simplification and jargon-riddled complexity, this book is an invaluable, straightforward guide to participatory research for you and your fellow practitioners working with community groups and organisations.

The book offers a route map for co-research projects with groups and communities, taking you through each stage of the participatory research process, from planning a project to sharing the findings. Keeping in mind imperatives such as engagement and voice, the book explores how to carry out research in ways that are meaningful for communities.

This book includes valuable resources such as reflection points, tasks and further reading lists, offering support to practitioners to plan and undertake participatory research projects with confidence.

“Refreshing and long overdue, this book provides an invaluable guide to participatory research. Imaginative, enjoyable, accessible and informative for the reader. Participation is about collaboration and democracy and this book is strong on these values in both content and the way it is written. I will recommend it to all practitioners and students who are researching in a community context.” Karen McArdle, University of Dundee

“This guide educates and encourages practitioners and funders who lack research experience. Never shying away from the complexities, the narrative feels like a friendly expert by one’s side. I feel better equipped as a result.” Helen Carter, Director of the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust

"Participatory research can be incredibly beneficial for the research project, participating group and the researcher. However, it can also be complex and can raise philosophical and practical challenges such as why should we take a participatory approach to research?" Research Matters

Kaz Stuart is Director of Strategy and Learning at The Centre for Youth Impact and Honorary Professor at the University of Cumbria.

Lucy Maynard is Principal at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cumbria.

Introduction

1. Just what is participatory research?

2. How do we begin to plan our participatory research project?

3. What do we want to explore and why?

4. What ideas are the foundations of our research?

5. How will we go about exploring our questions?

6. Who can get involved to explore our questions?

7. How shall we collect our data?

8. What do we do with our data?

9. How do we get our messages out there?

10. How do we keep everyone safe?

11. Doing and reviewing participatory research

Conclusion