Up Our Street has recently appointed a team of community researchers. In this post Nura Aabe, one of our trainee researchers, gives a flavour of what the team has been working on.
“At Up Our Street, it is an exciting time. On 1 August 2016 the Wellbeing research project for Easton and Lawrence Hill was started by the new trainee community researchers. The research project aims to find out 'What does wellbeing mean?' to residents in Easton and Lawrence Hill. The project is in stages, at the moment we are at the first stage of the project which involves interviewing local people with a set of questions. What is very exciting about this project is the community involvement by community researchers carrying out the research. Secondly all the researchers have been trained by Bristol University. But most important the project is co-produced by the research team, other staff members of Up Our Street and a community steering group.
The first couple of sessions involved extensive training around forming the research questions, interview schedule, information sheet and signposting sheet. The process has critically been designed so that the residents of the area have the potential to share their concerns, what they like about the area, what questions were suitable etc. Most of all we looked at what we could do to engage with the community to capture real life experiences. The scientific considerations included the ethical principles involved in the welfare of resident participants, their rights and confidentiality.
Discussions took place around which areas were appropriate to approach for interviews to get the views of different communities. Further discussions took place about what approaches were appropriate to carry out the initial qualitative survey. We discussed which age groups were appropriate for the study and how as researchers we should not ask leading questions. We used lots of drawings, post-it notes and maps throughout this process.”
We will have more posts from the research team throughout the project, so watch this space!