Recruitment and capacity-building challenges in participatory research involving young people in Northern Ireland

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Abstract

Consulting young people in social research is increasingly popular and is not confined to their recruitment as participants but extends to the design, delivery and dissemination of research. In this chapter we explore the recruitment and capacity building challenges involved in working with young people as researchers. We will introduce some of the theoretical issues around young people’s participation. Drawing on experiences from four separate participatory research projects with young people in Northern Ireland, we will highlight some of the difficulties encountered and give some practical approaches to managing the research process. Strategies for recruiting and training young researchers will be considered and we also reflect on what the benefits of young people’s involvement can be; not only enhancing the research process but also empowering young people and creating the potential for social agency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Research for Participation
Subtitle of host publicationFrom theory to method
EditorsLisa Goodson, Jenny Phillimore
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Pages283
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978 1 84742 435 8
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • young researchers
  • participation
  • peer research
  • capacity-building
  • empowering young people

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