At CLAHRC West, we want to help everyone share power more effectively when working together on health and social care research.
Sharing power is a fundamental principle in co-producing research, as identified in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) INVOLVE guidance. Yet sharing power is challenging. There are many factors that affect how we work together, such as hierarchies in universities and the NHS as well as wider social and economic inequalities.
We want to help everyone share power more effectively when working together on health and social care research.
We started this project by inviting public contributors (members of the public who have been involved in research), practitioners and researchers to share insights from their own experiences of co-produced research at two workshops. These workshops were paid for by the University of Bristol Public Engagement funds. We then applied to the University of Bristol Research Staff Development Fund to develop this work further.
Through this project we aim to:
- develop a half-day training course and materials for researchers, public contributors and practitioners who want to co-produce research
- work together to draw up practical guidance for how public contributors, practitioners and researchers can share power in co-produced research
- develop self-reflective questions to help everyone consider their own sources of power
- share knowledge, learning and skills across university departments
We’re working with public contributors, researchers and practitioners who’ve been involved in co-production through a series of workshops to develop these resources together.
We’re linking up with different people who have an interest in co-producing research, to share ideas and experiences. We will pilot our training course in Autumn 2019 so please get in touch with Michelle Farr if you’d like to find out more. Our resources will be hosted on the CLAHRC West website.