This paper tells the story of the involvement of a community worker from the Safe in the City Project in Manchester in a research project that aimed to:
At first the community worker saw his role simply to be opening doors for the researchers. He viewed them as the 'experts' in conducting research. As the project progressed, he realised that he had a lot more to offer to the project in terms of how best to work with this group of young people, conduct better quality interviews, gain the young people's trust, and manage complex, ethical issues like confidentiality. However, he felt his opinions were sometimes ignored, raising concerns about his involvement in the project and the moral obligations of his role.
The authors state they would like researchers to better recognise and appreciate the knowledge, values and emotions brought by community workers into research.
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Categories: health public health social care Undertaking research impact on research impact on service users involved impact of public involvement reflecting on public involvement in research journal article Recruitment
Date Entered: 2009/01/28
Date Edited: 2012/11/20