Exploring the value of involving experts-by-experience in social work research: experiences from Slovenia and the UK

Videmšek, Petra and Fox, Joanna (2018) Exploring the value of involving experts-by-experience in social work research: experiences from Slovenia and the UK. European Journal of Social Work, 21 (4). pp. 498-508. ISSN 1468-2664

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2017.1292220

Abstract

The evidence base for the methodological validity of conducting participatory research is becoming established. This article reviews the experiences of two researchers undertaking PhD studies in Slovenia and UK respectively and considers the value of involving service users and carers in social work research. The Slovenian research involved user-researchers who developed research tools and undertook qualitative research. The first author explores the co-researchers’ impact on the research process and its outcomes, identifying both individual and collective empowerment of the co-researchers. The English study involved people from diverse backgrounds, who developed a recovery training programme for carers of people with schizophrenia. The second author describes how the steering group, and the carers who participated in the programme were impacted by the research process and experienced a sense of empowerment and how they influenced the development of new knowledge through the reflexive cycle. The authors draw out the commonalities and differences in our research that add to the existing evidence base supporting the development of participatory inquiry. We conclude by affirming the value of user participation in research in leading to the empowerment of users, the development of new research perspectives, and in contributing to theory in social work research and practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: social work research, mental health, user involvement
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
Depositing User: Joanna Fox
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 16:12
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2019 11:33
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701539

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