09 Sep '11, 12pm

Co-researching the cuts and the #BigSociety | Joe Penny on an exciting new project from @nefsocialpolicy

Co-researching the cuts and the #BigSociety | Joe Penny on an exciting new project from @nefsocialpolicy

In a nutshell peer research is a way of designing and delivering a research project with the people you would normally research – in our case people from the local communities in Tottenham and Birmingham. By training peer researchers in social science methods and then working with them to set research themes, identify research questions, undertake interviews and analyse the findings, you start to break down hierarchies between researchers and the researched. This gives us privileged access into people’s lives and communities. As people living and working in these areas, they are researchers of the everyday; the conversations they have, the exciting and banal events they see connect them to the rhythms of place in ways we are not. As such, their ways of understanding and knowing their areas challenge us and help to ground our all-too-often abstract expertise. In short, thro...

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