Impact of public involvement in research on quality of life and society: a case study of research career trajectories.

Williamson, T ORCID:, Brogden, J, Jones, E and Ryan, J 2010, 'Impact of public involvement in research on quality of life and society: a case study of research career trajectories.' , International Journal of Consumer Studies, 34 , pp. 551-557.

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This case study illustrates the research career trajectory of two lay researchers after they joined a Big Lottery funded study to explore loneliness and isolation among older people living in a town in the north of England, UK. The two lay researchers were of pensionable age themselves and engaged in all aspects of the research process as full members of the research team. Following research methods training and their substantive input into study design, they engaged fully in an approach of peer-interviewing of other older adults as the main study method. Following this initial exposure to undertaking research, these exemplars of public involvement in research went on to be involved in other research as co-researchers at a local and national level. Initially the paper sets out the lay researchers’ personal backgrounds and expectations from involvement in research. The impact of their involvement in research on their quality of life and that of their community is presented. Latterly, the societal impact of the lay researcher’s involvement is examined. The difference they made to the initial study design and conduct is described first followed by their development as substantial research resources for other studies and community initiatives. Overall the impact of these lay researchers has been significant and the paper provides an example of how involvement in research can impact on individuals and communities to great effect.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Consumer Studies
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1470-6423
Depositing User: T Williamson
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2011 13:59
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 11:02

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