The importance of a strong evidence-base is widely recognised in contemporary health, social care and education practice, meaning that there is a real need for research which can be quickly and easily translated into real world situations.
Research co-produced by practitioners and academics from early stages to end results can draw on each party’s knowledge and experience, in order to create high quality evidence that is relevant and appropriate to practice needs. This guide introduces the basics of co-producing research, looking at the evidence for co-produced research and outlining its theoretical underpinnings, as well as discussing barriers and facilitators to consider. It includes a practitioner perspective and an academic perspective on the benefits and challenges of co-produced research. The substantive chapters are each co-written by an academic and practitioner team and give examples of work carried out – and lessons learned – in public health, education and criminal justice settings. Key learning points are included throughout and drawn together to comprise a toolkit at the end of the book.
This book teaches academics and practitioners more about how they can find practical evidence-based answers to complex questions.
1. Why should we Co-Produce Research?
Claire Sullivan and Gill O’ Neill
2. Co-Production: The Academic Perspective
Grant J. McGeechan, Louisa J Ells, and Emma L. Giles
3. Co-Production: The Public Health Practitioner’s Perspective
Keith Allan, Michelle Baldwin, Kirsty Wilkinson, and Dianne Woodall
4. Working with Schools to Develop Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement
Jeremy Segrott and Joan Roberts
5. Pupils, Teachers and Academics Working Together on a Research Project Examining How Students and Teachers Feel About the New GCSEs
Michael Chay Hayden, Gillian Waller, Abbey Hodgson, Scott Brown, Sean Harris, Katie Miller, Daniel Barber, Lewis Hudson, and Dorothy Newbury-Birch
6. Public Health Practioners and Academics working together to evaluate a Mental Health Youth Awareness Programme
Natalie Connor, Michelle Baldwin, Gill O'Neill, Gillian Walker, and Dorothy Newbury-Birch
7. "It’s not about telling people to eat better, stop smoking or get on the treadmill"
Mandy Cheetham, Sarah Gorman, Emma Gibson, and Alice Wiseman
8. Co-Producing a Story of Recovery: A "Books Beyond Words" Book Group
9. How Do We Co-Produce Research in the Prison Environment?
Jennifer Ferguson, Aisha Holloway, Victorial Guthrie, and Dorothy Newbury-Birch
10. Police Officers and Academics Working Together
Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Tony Power, Angela Tomlinson, Mark Hatcher, and Mick Urwin
11. Discussion: What are the Barriers and Facilitators to Co-Production Working and Tools for Working Effectively?
Dorothy Newbury-Birch and Keith Allan