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    Considering a participatory approach to social work – Service user research


    Flanagan, Niamh (2020) Considering a participatory approach to social work – Service user research. Qualitative Social Work, 19 (5-6). pp. 1078-1094. ISSN 1473-3250

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    Abstract

    Service-user involvement in social work research is much vaunted and considered desirable. Yet, it is not common. This is despite the fact that research-funding bodies are increasingly mandating inclusion of service users in the research process. It would seem timely for the profession to look again at participatory research as an approach to working collaboratively with service users in the co-production of research. This article reviews the arguments for service-user collaboration in social work research; it considers the evolution of service-user engagement and its current status in practice. Building on the foundations of social work research methodologies, the article considers the practicalities of participatory research and the potential barriers. The article draws on vignettes of published participatory research to illustrate this type of research in social work.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Flanagan N. Considering a participatory approach to social work – Service user research. Qualitative Social Work. 2020;19(5-6):1078-1094. doi:10.1177/1473325019894636
    Keywords: Participatory research; practice research; service users;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 13992
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325019894636
    Depositing User: Niamh Flanagan
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2021 16:42
    Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Social Work
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
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