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Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Events, seminars and training

Participatory Research Hub Training

‘Developing a Participatory Research Project’

Friday 23rd October 2015, 2:30pm - 5pm

Calman Learning Centre, CLC406 Derman Christopher room, Mountjoy, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LE

Would you like to develop a participatory research project with partners from the university and/or other community groups, but are wondering where to start? This free training responds to feedback from those who have joined the Hub so far that has indicated a high level of interest in participatory research, but a need for more practical training on how to make their own projects happen. This training will:

1 Help you develop a practical research question for your project.

2 Work through key steps for turning a research idea into a research project, including a plan for making it happen.

3 Enable you to consider what methods would be best, and how to overcome any practical challenges you may face (e.g. obtaining funding).

4 In the process, provide opportunities to meet others who may be interested in being partners in similar research, from other community organisations and/or from the University.

5 Provide opportunities for both academics and community members to learn from each other, through practising participatory approaches during the training.

To book your free place, please email, with brief details of any topic/s on which you might be interested in developing into a participatory research project.

Developing policy and practice through participatory research

Wednesday 18th May 2016, 9:30am - 1:00pm, location to be confirmed. Dr Andrew Orton, Durham University

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. For those outside the University, please contact to reserve a place.

For any queries about content, please contact:

This workshop is designed for researchers who want to find ways to involve policy-makers and practitioners in research that helps to develop policy and practice. Developing participatory approaches which involve policy-makers and practitioners can be an effective way of both carrying out and improving the impact of research. However, it can also involve negotiating significant methodological, ethical and practical challenges when trying to use such approaches as the basis for developing policy and/or practice. This workshop will draw on the experience of researchers who have negotiated these challenges, providing case studies as examples to stimulate reflection on what can help improve the effectiveness and impact of such approaches, and the barriers it can face, as well as exploring how these might be overcome. It will also provide opportunities to reflect on learning that may improve any projects of this nature that you are considering, planning, designing or carrying out.

This session is designed to complement the session on Participatory Action Research 2, by providing a specific focus on the relationship between participatory research, policy-making and practitioner development processes. Staff are welcome to attend either or both sessions; they will include different content, but neither is a pre-requisite for the other. A basic prior understanding of participatory research approaches may be helpful to those attending this session (e.g. from participants previously attending the session on Participatory Action Research 1), but this is not essential.

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