What is it about?

We talk about how we did the research. We tried to work as a team of equals. Our research team was: * an academic researcher * two activist researchers with learning difficulties * an activist researcher who used to do research about the Third Sector * two other members of Barod as supporters and advisers. * a reference group of self advocates, academics, funders and advocacy organisations * self advocacy groups who took part in workshops We try to work out what 'coproduced research' means. We try to work out if we think we coproduced the research. We talk about how we think coproducing the research made it better quality research.

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Why is it important?

Reading the paper can help you think about how you do research about things that matter to other people. We talk about the challenges. We do not just say 'coproduction is good'. The paper includes different people's voices. The paper is written around a structure chosen by the activist researchers with learning difficulties. The language is their language. The academic context and citations for the information in the paper is in separate boxes.


I was a 'critical friend' for the research. I had a bigger role in writing the paper than in doing the research. There needs more discussion about co-writing papers as people inside and outside academic life. We also need to be honest about the financial cost of writing papers when you are not in a permanent salaried university post.

Dr Anne Collis
Bangor University

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This page is a summary of: What makes a good self-advocacy project? The added value of co-production, Disability & Society, June 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1613960.
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