Presentation on theme: "ESRC Research Cluster Taking part? ESRC Capacity Building Research Cluster Carol Packham (Community Audit and Evaluation Centre MMU) Eve Davidson (Research."— Presentation transcript:
ESRC Research Cluster Taking part? ESRC Capacity Building Research Cluster Carol Packham (Community Audit and Evaluation Centre MMU) Eve Davidson (Research Associate), Green Nyoni (Case Student)
ESRC Research Cluster The Taking part? Research Cluster Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek The Taking Part? research cluster is building upon the research expertise of the universities and the national Take Part Networks track record. Take Parts approach brings together local, regional and national third sector organisations and higher education institutions, and is concerned with strengthening civil society and promoting active citizenship, equalities and community empowerment
ESRC Research Cluster The Taking part? Research Cluster The cluster is supporting: - Postgraduate Case Students - Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associates - Placements - Smaller-scale research activities (vouchers) - Dissemination events
ESRC Research Cluster Research Focus There is a risk that Third Sector organisations could end up reproducing the producer-dominated structures that they set out to challenge. The Cluster with Take Part partners, based in Take Parts approach (participatory approaches to learning & research) is working around these research questions: -How Third Sector organisations can tackle existing inequalities more effectively rather than reproducing them? -How can they promote increasing social solidarity rather than increasing competition? -How can infrastructure organisations best support smaller Third Sector organisations,? -How can the long-term impacts upon individual volunteers and Third Sector organisations and groups be tracked more effectively?
Voice Active Citizen TAKE PART Take Part Research Change Volunteers Community Leaders Critical and engaged citizens Participating (democratic) citizens as individual citizens As collective individuals Social Action In people: personal development In community organizations: focus and skills In agencies: learning to involve In policy-makers: understanding what works Community Development
Social Justice Equality & Diversity CIVIL SOCIETY Civil Society Social Networks raising awareness understanding how power works human rights collective rights and power to act Social Action Cooperative realising value of collective action strengthening collective action working with other organisations working across sectors individual participation social participation Public participation civic participation from volunteers to activists awareness of rights and principles ability to challenge discrimination understanding tensions and changes understanding official processes breaking isolation finding common causes connecting groups and networks social capital
ESRC Research Cluster Third Sector/ University Partnerships Sharing Learning from Community - University Partnership will contribute: Learning to take part in civil society as active citizens Strengthening Civil Society independent role
ESRC Research Cluster Take Part Research Methodology/ Approach - Participatory, throughout the research process - Inclusive, enabling as many people as possible to have a voice - Formative; feeding in information to and being informed by the partner organisations
ESRC Research Cluster Research Methods CNW Resilience and small TSOs Partner identified focus Partner and groups agree questions and methods Survey Monkey plus group discussion Data and Draft findings discussed at conference Draft report discussed and disseminated, recommendations made and incorporated.
ESRC Research Cluster Research Methods MRSN:- Effective networking. Agency/MC agree focus Student located with agency Ongoing feedback to agency, manager, MC, staff, Comparative visits, findings fed back Specific feedback sessions, e.g. To staff, MC Detailed focus groups e.g. Young people
ESRC Research Cluster Challenges Truly participatory process is slow Participation vs expectations of expertise Partnership vs technical ownership Unrealistic expectations, e.g. Time and role Formative feedback can be taken as criticism Challenging times; agencies vulnerable and stretched
ESRC Research Cluster Opportunities Evidenced based practice Expectations of more professional delivery Ask the right questions More accurate reflection of what is required Working partnerships established with ongoing outcomes e.g. Access to HE, community, information Capacity Building for partner agencies, skills and knowledge
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