Workshop presentations, Annual Conference 2019

6 degrees of participation

‘Research’ / ‘participation’: the blurring of concepts in working with young people
This workshop discusses some of the challenges and opportunities in carrying out research with children and young people which is defined as ‘participatory work’. The blurring of boundaries of roles and responsibilities are highlighted along with a discussion of what works well (and less well) at different stages of the research process.

Dr Gayle Munro, National Children’s Bureau

Supporting participants in a self-driven journey of policy creation
Traverse delivered public dialogues across the UK about futures with connected and automated vehicles, as part of DfT’s ongoing engagement to support related strategy and regulation development.  Over 150 people were reconvened three times in late 2018. In a first for Sciencewise projects, 70 participants had direct experience of the developing technologies as part of the deliberative reconvened research design.

Skye McCool, Traverse

Moving online

Extended workshop session

Digital deliberations: creating a tool for thoughtful democracy
Leaving the EU will present the UK with a new set of policy options and choices in areas that are currently largely determined by decisions made in Brussels, many of which have not received extended public debate.  In this session we introduce you to our work running the UK’s largest online Deliberative Poll on three such policy areas – which involved bringing a representative sample of adults together to gauge what they think about a topic (using pre- and post-surveys) once they have had the opportunity to consider and debate it.  Such ‘digital deliberation’ has the potential to provide an effective as well as a less costly way of undertaking deliberative public consultation.  

We will share what we learned about the design, recruitment and delivery of our poll (with some initial findings) and use the principles of the method to run the session itself.    We will invite you to deliberate on the challenges and possibilities of online approaches – using our experiences as the evidence to support discussions.

Ceri Davies and Anna Marcinkiewicz, NatCen Social Research

Realist and real world evaluation

Can realist evaluation be applied to evaluation of a £23bn government scheme?
BEIS and a consortium led by CAG consultants are using realist evaluation to assess the impact of the reformed Renewable Heat Incentive. We'll discuss the challenges faced in combining multiple methods and evidence sources. Audience input will be sought to crowd-source solutions to ongoing problems.

Michael Gentry, BEIS and Denny Gray, CAG Consultants

Lessons from the evaluation of GMC interventions aimed at supporting doctors
'Welcome to UK Practice’ and ‘Duties of a Doctor’ are two key General Medical Council’s key programmes to support doctors to apply professional standards. Drawing on recent independent evaluations of these programmes, we will outline key lessons that have emerged across a number of challenging areas in policy evaluation.

Francis Leng and Beverley Taylor, General Medical Council

Research in sensitive settings

The currency of colleaguehood: Insider researchers in a charitable trust
We're in-house researchers who for three years have been conducting qualitative research into the work of our employer. This has enabled nuanced and in-depth work, but it has also come with challenges, as we have tried to maintain boundaries with research participants who are also our colleagues and friends.

Laura Bolton and Roz Warden, Barnwood Trust

A qualitative study of food banks, food poverty, referrals, and health in London: methodological and ethical reflections
A reflection on the practical and ethical issues generated by this qualitative mixed methods study. Researching a sensitive topic within a precarious and rapidly changing sector required constant flexibility, adaptability and the tolerance of data collection failures.

Claire Thompson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Innovation in disability research

Extended workshop session

Negotiating independent ethical review of co-produced disability research: issues and lessons
The Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning Ethics Committee was established to review a programme of co-produced research undertaken by disabled people’s organisations. We will draw lessons from the Committee’s work including negotiation of consent, anonymity, accessibility, and confidentiality.

In this extended workshop session there will be time for interactive discussion, and information will be shared about the DRILL programme, the variety of projects within it, and some of the main ethical issues and dilemmas arising in the disability projects that have been reviewed.   This will include an extra handout to explain more about DRILL and the projects.

Peter Scott, University of Portsmouth, Professor Alison Koslowski, University of Edinburgh, and Jody Mellor, DRILL Cymru

The time dimension

Fast and slow thinking in trying to make a difference
This presentation will discuss research on domestic violence which uses multiple methods (visual, participatory, maps and quantitative) to understand the issues and to produce outputs for a range of audiences; who may be driven by the fast thinking of emotions and stereotypes as well as the slow thinking of a linear model of research impact on policy and practice.

Dr Janet Bowstead, Royal Holloway, University of London

Responding to change by changing: data-driven improvement in organisations
Is it possible to collect mixed-method data from programme practitioners and users and analyse and report back in time to inform cycles of iteration and improvement? The Dartington Service Design Lab is developing a method which attempts this: bringing together science, user experience and systems thinking to co-design adaptations to existing programmes and innovative approaches to address social problems.

Dr Keira Lowther, Dartington Service Design Lab