Peer research is a powerful method to gain deep insights into important issues, but there is an inherent tension between two overarching goals of engaging people with lived experience, noted the Wellesley Institute’s Brenda Roche at today’s Peer Research Into Action forum.
Peer research can be seen as “empowering and honouring lived experience,” and it can also be seen as an “efficient” way to conduct research. While she noted that the two don’t need to be in conflict, the ongoing tension leads to important questions about how to engage community partners in meaningful ways in important research work. The forum was used to launch a new series of reports on models of practice, management and ethical issues. Other presenters at today’s forum included Adrian Guta and Sarah Flicker. More information about the forum will be posted at a later date. Project partners included the Wellesley Institute, University of Toronto and York University.
Brenda Roche presents to a full house about peer research.