We see the participatory research process as having four key stages at which people with lived experience of the issues being investigated can become involved. These are:
- Co-creation – e.g. suggesting and scoping issues to be researched, putting together joint research proposals and funding bids
- Co-production – e.g. jointly undertaking the research, by collectively designing research tools and using these to carry out surveys, interviews, or focus groups, for example, within their communities
- Co-critique – e.g. reviewing together the data emerging from research, deciding on methods of analysis, adding context and editing each others’ work
- Co-use – e.g. deciding collectively the best format to share the insights emerging from research, such as through open access tools or reports, or running events, and disseminating these through our respective networks, so they reach a wide audience and can actively inform practice in the common good land movement
Given the many competing demands on people’s time, and the constraints of some funding application processes, not everyone may want to be, or practically can be involved in all stages of all research projects. However, we will try to ensure that people have as many opportunities to become as involved in research as possible. One way we may pursue this is through developing a Common Good Land Research Network, of people interested in working together on various stages of this process, and collectively publicising each other’s work. If you would be interested in establishing this, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be actively reflecting on and further developing our participatory approach as we take on new research work.