Running a peer research project with offenders in the community: a handbook for staff

Document type
Toolkit
Author(s)
Seal, Mike
Publisher
Revolving Doors Agency
Date of publication
1 June 2016
Subject(s)
Criminal Justice Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Report

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This toolkit is designed for probation staff, and those involved with probation to be able to run a research project with a group of service users. This toolkit was designed by Mike Seal, Principal Lecturer and head of youth and community work at Newman University Birmingham on behalf of the Revolving Doors Agency.

Peer research involves the subject group (in this case those on probation) taking on the role of the researcher. Peer research moves away from ‘top down’ research where those higher up in an organisation chose the way in which the research should be conducted, towards a ‘bottom up’ approach where individuals who are directly affected by the outcomes of the research play an active role in the research process.

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