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This chapter draws together the key issues to emerge from the previous chapters of the book, focusing specifically on the advantages and challenges in participatory research, in order to advance new and more creative participatory methods and approaches within the social sciences and beyond. With this advancement in mind, the chapter also considers the need to posit or locate participatory methods more broadly within a defined participatory model. Such a model is constructed and presented from a participant-oriented standpoint, and is intended as an aid to researchers (and others) who are planning, or reflecting on the use of participatory methods with different participant populations, including vulnerable, marginalised or socially excluded people.
This book examines the nature of participatory research in the social sciences and its role in increasing participation among vulnerable or marginalised populations. What is meant and understood by vulnerability and participation are issues that are explored in detail in the book, from both the perspectives of researchers and participants alike. Drawing on engaging, in-depth case studies, it examines the ways in which inclusion and collaboration in research can be enhanced among vulnerable participants, such as those with profound learning difficulties, victims of abuse and trauma and multiply vulnerable children and young people, and demonstrates the value and effectiveness of participatory research methods with these groups. Such methods include participatory visual and narrative approaches that help to enhance both participation and emancipation among vulnerable, marginalised populations (including young carers, people with learning difficulties, women victims-survivors of domestic violence) in research processes. The different ethical challenges that arise when conducting participatory research with these groups are also examined in detail in the book and a Participatory Model is also proposed to assist researchers in managing and using participatory research methods in their working practices. The book will be an invaluable resource for research methods students, researchers and academics in many countries who want to put participatory research methods into practice.
Ensuring that people with learning difficulties are included in research studies in ways that enhance their participation, as well as their emancipation, are important and necessary goals for researchers who work with them and for people with learning difficulties themselves as self-advocates in research. Drawing on relevant epistemological and methodological debates and evidence from research studies that use different, more creative methods with people with learning difficulties, this chapter examines the benefits (and challenges) of using participatory methods within and outside learning difficulty research. The chapter focuses on specific examples of participatory research studies that use visual methods and PhotoVoice as part of multi-method projects. The ethical challenges involved in using these kinds of methods and working collaboratively with people with learning difficulties in participatory research are also considered.
This chapter considers the emergence of participatory research in the context of new and developing research methodologies in the social sciences, and in other disciplines and fields. It also explores and contextualises the concept of vulnerability and its relationship with, and relevance to, participatory research methods and techniques. Particular emphasis is on the role of participatory research in facilitating participant ‘voice’ and promoting engagement with vulnerable or marginalised individuals and groups in research in more direct and inclusive ways.
This book examines the nature of participatory research in the social sciences and its role in increasing participation among vulnerable or marginalised populations. Drawing on engaging in-depth case studies, it examines the ways in which inclusion and collaboration in research can be enhanced among vulnerable participants, such as those with profound learning difficulties, victims of abuse and trauma and multiply vulnerable children and young people, and shows how useful it can be with these groups. The book will be an invaluable resource for students, researchers and academics in many countries who want to put participatory research methods into practice.
How do researchers undertake the challenge of analysing and interpreting data from participatory studies, and particularly from those that are based on in-depth, individualised approaches? How can personal and political transformations be effected through the use of participatory research? And how can greater clarity and rigour be introduced in research studies that use and promote participatory methods? These are some of the key questions addressed in this chapter. Using the specific narrative example from the participatory narrative study described and presented in Chapter Four, this chapter also demonstrates some of the ways in which different kinds of narrative analyses may be conducted (both from a participant and third-party perspective). It also shows how participant representation and transformation can be achieved through greater emphasis on collaboration and emancipation throughout the various phases of participatory research.
Focusing on the rights of children and young people, and specifically their participation rights, this chapter considers new and developing participatory research methods that enhance children’s inclusion in research both as participants and as researchers. Drawing on in-depth case studies from research – for example, on young carers and their families - the chapter demonstrates how new or different methodological approaches to working inclusively with vulnerable children and young people can result in social and political transformations as well as improve their quality of life and the lives of their families. This chapter also considers the various ethical challenges that arise when using participatory research methods with children and young people.
This chapter focuses on participatory research with victims of abuse and trauma with a particular focus on women victims-survivors of domestic violence. It also considers some of the important reasons why participants such as these require research methods that emphasise personal autonomy and agency, drawing in particular on narrative methods and intensive participatory narrative techniques. Using the example of an ongoing participatory narrative writing project with unsupported women victims-survivors of domestic violence, the chapter demonstrates the value (and challenges) of using participatory research methods with participant groups who are largely isolated or hidden. The chapter also considers the ethical challenges of working with victims-survivors of abuse and trauma and the ways in which participatory narrative approaches can help facilitate important ‘insider’ perspectives