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

Monitoring effects of moving from paper to online on different age groups – findings from the Inpatient Survey
This session will reflect on the findings of a pilot study conducted alongside the Adult Inpatient Survey 2018, to test different push-to-web methods in order to identify their effects on the response rate of different age groups.  We will discuss our methodological approach and assess the potential impacts and challenges of moving the National Patient Survey Programme online.

Aimee Huchet-Bodet, Care Quality Commission

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.  We present the experience (with some initial findings) of designing and delivering the UK’s largest online Deliberative Poll on public attitudes towards such future policy areas.

Ceri Davies, 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

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.

Peter Scott, University of Portsmouth and Professor Alison Koslowski, University of Edinburgh

Trials and tribulations: lessons learnt from a cross-government trialling team
How to overcome the challenges around designing and delivering social policy trials in government? We will share learning from trials run by the Joint Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Health and Social Care Work and Health Unit. The Unit aims to promote good employment outcomes for people with disabilities or long term health conditions.

Sarah Honeywell, Department for Work & Pensions

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