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 blueprint for your research project, taking you through each stage of the process, from planning your project to disseminating your findings. Keeping in mind imperatives such as engagement, involvement and voice, the book explores how best to conduct your research in ways which are meaningful for the participants.
The book includes valuable resources such as reflection points, chapter summaries and further reading lists. It will encourage and empower practitioners to plan and execute participatory research projects with confidence.
Kaz Stuart is Professor of Social Injustice and Director of the Centre for Health and Society at the University of Cumbria, UK.
Lucy Maynard is Head of Research and Practice at Brathay Trust and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cumbria, UK.
Just what is research? Concept and boundaries
How do I begin to plan my research project? The steps of research design
What do I want to find out and why? Defining your research purpose and questions
What ‘big ideas’ steer my work? Defining your research philosophy
How will I go about answering my questions? Writing your research method
Who can answer my questions? Participants, sampling, recruitment and engagement
How shall I collect my data? Selecting and designing data collection tools
What do I do with all the data? Planning and conducting data analysis
How do I get my message out there? Identifying audience, output and dissemination tools
Ethics – how do I keep everyone safe whilst I do the research?
Doing the research and reviewing the research