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Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Events, seminars and training

Mapping Impact Together ... Alternative forms of Impact in Co-Produced Research

Tuesday 15th September 2015, 10.00-13.00 (with lunch)

PCL054, Palatine Centre, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE

Facilitated by Rachel Pain and Kye Askins (Glasgow)

Booking is essential: To book a place, please fill in the online registration form

Further information, please go to https://www.dur.ac.uk/beacon/socialjustice/prh/

Dilemmas Café: Using Dialogue to Explore Ethical Challenges in Community-based Participatory Research

Tuesday 23rd June 2015, 17.30-20.00 (with buffet)

Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LJ.

Facilitated by: Sarah Banks and Sue Shaw

Booking is essential: To book a place, please fill in the online registration form.

Further information, contact socialjustice@durham.ac.uk

Participatory Action Research – a 2-day course

Tuesday 23 June 2015, 10.30-17.00 and Wednesday 24 June, 10.00 – 16.00

Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University,

A two-day course for doctoral students and community organisations facilitated by CSJCA and organised through NE Doctoral Training Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham.

Booking is essential: Further details and booking

Queries: contact.nedtc@durham.ac.uk

Participatory Ethics through Participatory Theatre

Monday 22nd June 2015, 12.30-16.00 (with lunch)

Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LH.

Facilitated by: Frances Rifkin, Utopia Arts and Sarah Banks, Durham University

Booking is essential: To book a place, please fill in the online registration form.

Further information, contact socialjustice@durham.ac.uk

New Developments in Community Finance: 50 years of Credit Unions, and where next?

Friday 19th June, 11.00-16.00 (with lunch)

College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University, Durham, DH1 1SZ.

Facilitated by: National and local speakers, with discussion groups.

Booking is essential: To book a place, please fill in the online registration form.

Further information, contact socialjustice@durham.ac.uk

Action Research for Social Justice: Changing the Climate for Research and Teaching

Wednesday 17th June 2015, 12.30-13.45 (with lunch)

Room 231, Elvet Riverside 2, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JT.

Presented by: Mary Brydon-Miller, Miriam B. Raider-Roth, Lisa M. Vaughn; University of Cincinnati, USA.

Booking is essential: To book a place, please fill in the online registration form.

Further information, contact socialjustice@durham.ac.uk

Participatory Action Research - a 2-day course

Tuesday 23rd June 2015 - Wednesday 24th June 2015, 10:30am - 4:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University

A two-day course for doctoral students and community organisations, facilitated by CSJCA and organised through NE Doctoral Training Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Further details and booking: https://www.dur.ac.uk/socialsciences.health/faculty/parjune2015/

Queries: contact.nedtc@durham.ac.uk

Participatory Research Hub Workshop on Action Research

Monday 10th June 2015, 14:00 – 17:00 Gateshead Civic Centre Lamesley Room

Prof. Mary Brydon-Miller is director of the Action Research Centre at the University of Cincinnati., and is a co-editor of the Sage Encyclopaedia of Action Research. She is visiting Durham University from April - June 2015 to work at the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action (CSJCA) and has agreed to run workshops while she is here on important organizational, community, and social issues together with those who experience them.

Action research is a process of inquiry conducted by and for those taking some kind of action in order to generate positive change. There are many possible methods which can be used. The aim of this afternoon workshop is to open up the potential for action research in public health to representatives of local alliances, grassroots organizations, and community groups. The event is being hosted by Peter Wright at Gateshead Civic Centre.

Introduction to Participatory Action Research and Speed Dating

Tuesday 9th June 2015, 14:00 – 17:00, Hatfield College

This event aims to match up Durham University academic researchers and postgraduate students with North East Community groups and other Organisations, who have similar interests, and would like to learn more about doing collective research together.

The Event will be a chance to learn more about participatory ways of working together, and to gain a basic 'how to' introduction into the opportunities and challenges of collaborative research. Prof Mary Brydon-Miller, Director of the Action Research Center, University of Cincinnati, USA will give the introductory presentation; followed by a 'Speed Dating' style networking opportunity, so that everybody has the chance to talk about potential research interests and to meet each other. Tea and scones will be served at the interval.

Developing policy and practice through participatory research

Wednesday 13th May 2015, 9:30am - 1:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University, Dr Andrew Orton

Annual Training Events 2015: Our three annual training events run in partnership with the Durham University staff development programme, open to university staff and people from public and third sectors organisations with an interest in participatory action research (PAR) are listed below.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. For those outside the University, please contact c.a.laidlaw@durham.ac.uk to reserve a place.

For any queries about content, please contact: socialjustice@durham.ac.uk

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.

Participatory Research Hub Launch Event: Doing Research Together

Monday 27th April 2015, 16.00 – 19:00 Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham,DH1 1SZ.

Funded by Durham University’s Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account, the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action at Durham University is launching a new Participatory Research Hub, which aims to support and promote participatory research that involves university researchers (staff and postgraduate students) working with community groups and other organisations.

The Launch will be a chance for people from the university and a range of community and other organisations to meet, share inspirations and issues, participate in workshops and hear about the workings and impact of recent community-university research partnerships such as Thrive Teesside. There will be an introductory talk from Prof Mary Brydon-Miller, Director of the Action Research Centre, University of Cincinnati, USA; participatory workshops with Refugee Youth and; networking opportunities; and a light buffet.

Participatory Action Research 2: Embedding participation in research practice

Friday 6th March 2015, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University, Professor Rachel Pain

Annual Training Events 2015: Our three annual training events run in partnership with the Durham University staff development programme, open to university staff and people from public and third sectors organisations with an interest in participatory action research (PAR) are listed below.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. For those outside the University, please contact c.a.laidlaw@durham.ac.uk to reserve a place.

For any queries about content, please contact: socialjustice@durham.ac.uk

This workshop is designed for those who have taken the previous workshop “Participatory Action Research 1: Introduction”. It aims to expand participants’ understanding of using PAR, and examine strategies for extending and embedding participation in research practice in different contexts. The workshop is relevant to new and established researchers in universities, the voluntary and public sectors, who have existing understanding of participatory principles, techniques and research approaches. The workshop will cover:

  • Working “with” not “on”: engaging participants throughout research processes
  • Widening the repertoire of participatory methods
  • Ethical issues in participatory research
  • Analysing the results of participatory research
  • Turning research into action

Teaching and learning methods in the workshop include plenary presentation, group discussion and hands on-practical exercises. By the end of the day participants should feel confident in extending participatory approaches to research within the context they work in.

Bookings

For bookings please email c.a.laidlaw@durham.ac.uk. Places on this training are funded by Durham University, and so are free of charge for those who attend. If you book a place and subsequently find that you cannot attend, please contact us at least a week in advance to cancel your place, so that someone else can use it. If you book a place but subsequently don’t turn up without giving us at least a week’s notice that you can no longer attend, you will be ineligible for booking future training courses run by the Centre.

Participatory Action Research 1: Introduction to PAR

Friday 6th February 2015, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University, Professor Rachel Pain

Annual Training Events 2015: Our three annual training events run in partnership with the Durham University staff development programme, open to university staff and people from public and third sectors organisations with an interest in participatory action research (PAR) are listed below.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. For those outside the University, please contact c.a.laidlaw@durham.ac.uk to reserve a place.

For any queries about content, please contact: socialjustice@durham.ac.uk

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to Participatory Action Research and some of the techniques associated with it. It is aimed at new and established researchers in universities, the voluntary and public sectors, who are interested in expanding their repertoire of research skills and finding new ways to work with sections of the community, particularly those who are often ignored in research and policy. The workshop will also raise awareness of the shortcomings and dangers of the ‘participation’ agenda. Participatory approaches involve research in collaboration with rather than research on people. Key stages of research – from problem definition right through to dissemination of findings - are conducted jointly, and research skills and outcomes are shared, increasing participants’ ability to bring about positive changes on a range of social issues. A toolkit of participatory techniques exists that provides more inclusive and accessible tools for exploring, developing and communicating research topics. Because Participatory Action Research works on the basis of knowledge co-production, it provides one model for two-way University-public engagement. It is also widely used outside academic settings. The workshop will cover:

  • The limits of traditional models of research
  • What participatory research is and where it came from
  • When, where and how it might be appropriate to employ participatory approaches and methods
  • Strategies for accessing and engaging people in participatory research
  • Developing and using participatory techniques such as diagramming
  • Critical perspectives on and the limits to ‘participation’, and some of the institutional and political barriers to using these approaches

Teaching and learning methods in the workshop include plenary presentation, group discussion and hands on-practical exercises. By the end of the day participants should feel confident using participatory methods, and understand broader issues around the use and misuse of participatory approaches.

Bookings

For bookings please email c.a.laidlaw@durham.ac.uk. Places on this training are funded by Durham University, and so are free of charge for those who attend. If you book a place and subsequently find that you cannot attend, please contact us at least a week in advance to cancel your place, so that someone else can use it. If you book a place but subsequently don’t turn up without giving us at least a week’s notice that you can no longer attend, you will be ineligible for booking future training courses run by the Centre.

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