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Title: Involving young people in research.
Author: Tyler, P., Turner, C. & Mills, H.
Date Published: 2009
Reference: London: Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit.
Are service users or carers authors: Yes


Aim: This research project aimed to explore young people's experiences of bullying.
Methods: The idea for the project came from Barnardo's Yorkshire Peer Research Group. The young people were involved at every stage of the process.
As a result of being involved in this project, the peer researchers thought their self-confidence and social skills had increased. They also valued having had opportunities to develop new skills, for example through media training.
The key achievement was thought to be the project's impact on Barnardo's internal policy and guidance. By influencing the organisation's anti-bullying policy, this small research project will have a effect on a very large number of service users.
The researchers involved thought that the young people brought different perspectives to the work, they asked different questions and focused much more on the practical application of the research. The young people also had suggestions on how to address the ethical issues in the project.
The researchers also believe that the fact that this was a young person's project generated more interest in the research and created more opportunities for dissemination. This in turn has meant the project has been able to influence Barnardo's practice.

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Categories: Identifying topics, prioritising and commissioning
Designing research
Undertaking research
Analysing and interpreting
Writing up and disseminating
impact on research
impact on service users involved
impact on implementation and change
impact of public involvement
journal article
Implementation and change

Date Entered: 2010/09/28

Date Edited: 2012/11/21

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