Investing in lay researchers for community-based health action research: implications for research, policy and practice

Carlisle, S. and Cropper, S. (2009) Investing in lay researchers for community-based health action research: implications for research, policy and practice. Critical Public Health, 19(1), pp. 59-70. (doi:10.1080/09581590802225712)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581590802225712

Abstract

Calls for greater community participation health-related research are increasingly made and, it seems, heededâ€"albeit to varying degrees. We report here, from the perspective of external evaluators, on practical efforts by the leaders of two community-based health action research projects to enhance such participation still further by employing a small number of local people as lay action researchers within their own community. Action research in this context was conceived as an approach by which comparatively small projects, based on partnerships between academics, communities and public sector organisations, could address local issues of health and well-being. The purpose of the paper is to examine project leaders' initial assumptions and expectations of the lay action research role and to compare these with the actual experience of those researchers. On this basis we consider the value to organisations and communities of the lay action research role for community health development and point out some of the unanticipated risks such individuals may face. We conclude by highlighting implications for future policy and practice in this area

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carlisle, Dr Sandra
Authors: Carlisle, S., and Cropper, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Journal Name:Critical Public Health
ISSN:0958-1596

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