Policy makers are increasingly advocating the involvement of users in the evaluation and development of health and social services across the UK. At the same time, the value of lay knowledge and community participation in social science research has been recognised. This book is the first specifically to explore methodological issues relating to the involvement of refugees in both service evaluation and development and research more generally. It builds on a two-year seminar series funded by the ESRC and attended by members of a range of statutory and voluntary organisations, as well as academics and refugees themselves. The participants jointly drew up a set of good practice guidelines that are re-produced in the book for the first time. Key features include: a focus on the methodology for active involvement of refugees; a discussion of barriers to involvement; suggestions for overcoming barriers; analysis of existing practices and ideas for change; implications for policy, research and practice. Doing research with refugees is essential reading for anyone working with in the field. This includes academics, researchers, health and social care providers and voluntary organisations.
Refugees themselves who are interested in their role in service evaluation, development and research will also find the book of interest.
"Here is a book about refugee people, including those seeking asylum, as agents. Their participation in the research processes which inform the policies that shape their lives is seen as vital to the success both of the research and the ensuing social action. This is a pioneering collection that explores a new, and to some, disconcerting, direction in research. No one engaged in research with refugees can afford to ignore the questions it raises." Nicholas Sagovsky, Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey and Visiting Professor in Theology and Public Life at Liverpool Hope University