Productive Margins is working with community organisations to deliver in-house research training for local volunteers who are interested in conducting peer-to-peer research as part of one of the Productive Margins projects.
Productive Margins are using an adaptable model of research training through which community organisations can tailor the design, delivery and content of the programme to suit the needs of their volunteers. This might involve forming reading groups, facilitating bite-size or extended workshops, hosting a series of lectures or supporting and developing the ideas of volunteers into training opportunities.
There will be the facility to draw in expert speakers and trainers from across the Productive Margins’ forum. The Older People, Isolation and Loneliness project is the first project to launch directly from the Productive Margins’ forum. This project will form the basis of a pilot study exploring how research training can be co-produced and, on a wider scale, how community and university collaboration can present opportunities to effect pedagogy. Following this pilot it is hoped that the peer research training will be able to receive formal accreditation through the University of Bristol and/or Cardiff University.
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