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Title: Participating in community research: exploring the experiences of lay researchers in Bradford
Author: Newell, C. & South, J
Date Published: 2010
Reference: Community, Work & Family, 12(1), 75-89
Are service users or carers authors: Yes


Aim: To investigate the experiences of young Asian women who undertook a community needs assessment in a neighbourhood in Bradford.
Semi-structured interviews were carried out with six of the women who became community researchers.
Being involved had a positive impact on the women themselves. It increased their confidence and self esteem and gave them a greater understanding of research. It also deepened their understanding of the issues affecting their community and inspired a determination to work towards making positive changes. However the women were also concerned that by conducting the research, they had raised community expectations, and that they would personally be held accountable if the research didn't deliver any benefits. This raises important questions about providing ongoing support for community researchers and the responsibilities of the commissioning authorities to act upon the findings.

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Categories: health
public health
social care
impact on service users involved
impact on implementation and change
impact of public involvement
journal article

Date Entered: 2010/09/28

Date Edited: 2012/11/20

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