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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Challenges and strategies in collaborative working with service user researchers: reflections from the academic researcher
Authors: Miller, Emma
Cook, Ailsa
Alexander, Helen
Cooper, Sally Ann
Hubbard, Gill
Morrison, Jill
Petch, Alison
Contact Email: gill.hubbard@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Research methods
user involvement
user led research
partnership
research ethics
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Social Services Research Group
Citation: Miller E, Cook A, Alexander H, Cooper SA, Hubbard G, Morrison J & Petch A (2006) Challenges and strategies in collaborative working with service user researchers: reflections from the academic researcher, Research Policy and Planning, 24 (3), pp. 197-208.
Abstract: In this article, the authors consider the lessons to be drawn from a collaborative two-year research project involving academic researchers working alongside three service user research organisations. The joint working on the project involved designing a research tool and conducting interviews with users of services that were provided by health and social services partnerships. Questions arising from this project involved consideration of the advantages and challenges of collaborative work. Our experience has highlighted the necessity of carefully considering a range of factors, including the ethos and goals of each organisation, as well as the skills and experience of the individuals involved, in relation to the specific purpose of the research. The challenge for academic researchers is to find ways to meet a range of research aims and objectives, while negotiating roles in ways that avoid reinforcing power relations and disempowering service user researchers. Alongside consideration of the challenges involved, this reflective account also highlights some of the advantages of working with user researchers, and suggests ways of harnessing the enthusiasm and skills of service users, with the aim of capturing the unique perspective they bring to research.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1271
URL: http://www.ssrg.org.uk/publications/rpp/2006/index.asp
Rights: The author has requested that this work be embargoed. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author; you can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.
Affiliation: University of Edinburgh
Queen Margaret University
NHS Lanarkshire
University of Glasgow
HS Research - Highland
University of Glasgow
Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)

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