3rd January 2016
Our website is up and running
Many thanks to Edward Hall and Krystyna Kongats in Canada for achieving this. Now it’s our turn to make it work. You will see, under the section entitled Members, that this is almost empty. The aim is to populate this section with details of ourselves and our interests so that others can see our work and we can contact each other – and Network! To have your details posted in this section please complete the form found at http://goo.gl/forms/sjGBrR8vO0 Your details will then be posted on the site in the same format as the ones you can see there now.
We can use this site to post details of events such as CPD that may be of interest to others, news etc.
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Notes from October Meeting
Venue: Held in Manchester we thank Jen Voorhees for convening it and the Manchester Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for supporting us by providing refreshments.
Case Study: Thanks then go to Andy Dearden for beginning the day with a fascinating introduction to his work ‘Making: a difference. Participating, designing and researching’. Andy explained that design research is a distinctive discipline with particular ways of discovering and creating new knowledge. Design research is not always participatory, and participatory design is not always research. In this talk he used examples from a range of design research projects to explore some relationships between design, research and participation. By examining the roles that different people play in each of these areas, he illustrated a variety of different ways that designers can contribute to participatory research, and highlighted some issues that apply to any participatory research effort.
Dilemmas Café: Following Andy’s opening session we then entered a Dilemmas Café. Introduced by Sarah Banks Helen Atkin and Candice Satchwell presented their dilemmas for discussion. This was an opportunity for all to consider issues that are facing us when we engage in PR. This shortened version of the Dilemma’ Café gave us an insight into its power and a number of members have asked for a fuller version which we hope to be able to build in to our next meeting. Attached however you will find information about a Guide for facilitators of Dilemmas Cafes just published by Durham University's Centre for Social Justice and Community Action and launched by Sarah at the annual conference of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement in Bristol on 2-3 December 2015 - Dilemmas Cafes: A guide for facilitators - She has authored a four-page guide for facilitators – see attached or visit:https://www.dur.ac.uk/beacon/socialjustice/ethics_consultation/dilemmas/
Impact of participatory research: in the afternoon we looked at the issues of impact in relation to PR. The ICPHR (www.icphr.org) is working on a Position Paper on this issue. The questions they have used to initiate their discussions were considered by Network Members. The outcome from those discussions will support this work. Thank you to those of you who volunteered to (and indeed did) report back from those group discussions.
NB: Rachel Pain, a colleague of Sarah’s at Durham University, has also been working on impact and working with partners through the Participatory Research Hub at Durham University and an N8 research partnership project has produced the following which may be of interest to UKPRN members. https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/beacon/MappingAlternativeImpactsummaryfinal.pdf
The next meeting will be convened by Luisa Rabanal at the University of Salford. It is likely to be in early April 2016 but we do not have a precise date for this because we have put in a bid for money to allow us hold two full-day, participatory seminars for exploring opportunities of, and tensions brought about by, scaling-up PR. Each day will consist of an initial presentation by internationally renowned scholar/practitioner in the field followed by participatory colloquia using a ‘Dilemma’s Café’ approach developed by members of the UK Participatory Research Network (UKPRN) (www.durham.ac.uk/beacon/socialjustice/ethics_consultation). The presenters we have in invited, both of whom have accepted, are Professor Michael Wright, principal investigator for a multisite project addressing issues of going to scale (PartKommPlus) funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research and Professor Danny Burns who has an international reputation in systemic action research and whose recent book (with Worsley, S. (2015) Navigating Complexity in International Development: facilitating sustainable development at scale) directly addresses our theme. If we are successful in our bid for this money, the date of the meeting will need to be set according to their availability – so watch this space….
Thanks go to everyone who has taken part in the meetings to date and contributed to developing the Network, which is going from strength to strength. There are many plans for developing our practical support for each other and reaching out to those colleagues who are still ‘un-networked’. These can all be discussed, developed and disseminated in the coming year. We certainly can look forward to an active and productive 2016. The UK Participatory Research Network would seem to be well and truly launched.