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Title: Advocates, agnostics and adversaries: Researchers' perceptions of service user involvement in social policy research.
Author: Becker, S., Sempik, J. & Bryman, A.
Date Published: 2010
Reference: Social Policy & Society, 9(3), 355-366.
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known


Aim: To explore social policy researchers' views of service user involvement in research.

Methods: An internet survey of 251 social policy researchers, followed by a series of discussion groups and in-depth telephone interviews.

Findings: The majority favoured involving service users but varied in their opinion as to how and at what stage they could/should be involved. Some researchers questioned whether there was evidence to support involvement and whether service users had the necessary skills to be involved. The authors comment on the fact that dissenting views are hardly represented in the literature, but need to be addressed to ensure that a model of involvement is developed that is robust, sophisticated and open to challenge and debate.

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Categories: health
public health
social care
nature and extent of public involvement in research
journal article

Date Entered: 2010/10/25

Date Edited: 2012/11/21

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