Researching well – Good practice and ethics in third sector research

Wednesday 17th February 2021 | 9.30am – 2.30pm

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The next Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum conference on Wednesday 17th February, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, is all about research ethics.

The free conference will be delivered via Zoom video conferencing. To access the conference, you will need a laptop, PC or mobile phone with a good internet connection and audio and visual capabilities.

There will be a mix of plenary sessions, and a range of workshops. These will be interactive and will give participants an opportunity to learn from third sector researchers and academics, gain support from peers and take part in small group discussions.

If you want to know more about third sector research and evidence, and how it is generated, and want to know about how to solve your ethical dilemmas, this conference is for you.

Who is it for?

The conference is for all those working in Scotland who are interested in third sector research.

You may be a:

  • third sector researcher
  • peer researcher
  • academic working in a university or higher education institution
  • independent researcher
  • person undertaking research in the third sector.
  • You may be working in the public sector or local government or national organisation and making decisions using third sector evidence.

What will you get out of attending?

By participating in the TSRF conference participants will

  • know more about good practice in ethical third sector research
  • better understand how to overcome ethical issues in third sector research
  • make connections and gain ideas.

What’s on the programme?

We have a range of speakers:

We are offering six workshops during the day. You will have the opportunity attend two. Please indicate your preferences on the booking form.

Choice of workshops:
  • Connections are Key: Unlocking the Heart of Relationships Based Practice

Delivered by Rowan Anderson with Ffyona Taylor, Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) Corra Foundation

The purpose of this workshop is to share the experiences of the PDI team in considering ethical and safeguarding frameworks to help keep both the people participating in the study and the researchers safe. You will get insights into the ethical frameworks behind two pieces of third sector research conducted with children and families affected by alcohol and drugs, and the practitioners who support them.

During the workshop you will get a chance to explore the issues, ask questions about how Corra overcame the challenges and see some resources to help.

  • Reflecting on digital youth work research during COVID-19

Delivered by Dr Amy Calder (YouthLink Scotland) and Kelly McInnes (Northern Star Associates)

This session will explore the use of Transformative Evaluation to examine the impact of digital youth work on young people from LGBT Youth Scotland during COVID-19. This will include reflecting on the process of conducting the research in an online setting as well as the wellbeing of the practitioners involved.

  • Getting research heard and used: understanding and achieving policy influence

Delivered by Dr Sarah Weakley (Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow) will be joined by Nick Bibby and Dr Mariola Tarrega (Scottish Policy and Research Exchange, SPRE)

A key part of our work is disseminating research findings and encouraging decision makers to use them, but how can we do this to maximise influence in an ethical way? In this workshop we’ll talk about positioning your research and expertise for decisionmakers at all levels of government and practice, and you’ll work together to plan a strategy for achieving influence.

  • The peer research journey: supporting researchers and participants

Delivered by Mental Health Foundation in Scotland

This workshop, led by a collaborative of researchers and partners of the Mental Health Foundation in Scotland, will explore how peer researchers and participants are supported through each stage of the peer research journey. The workshop will explore the concept of peer research from initiation to implementation. It will look at the development of peer research programmes, mechanisms for and levels of involvement and ethical issues such as consent. We will demonstrate the importance of including lived experience voices in the research process through real world examples of research programmes delivered by MHF and partners. 

  • Life as we know it – Participatory Art Practice as Research  

Delivered by Iain Shaw, Lauren La Rose, Media Education and Briege Nugent

An interactive media arts workshop based on the experiences of the Peer Researchers Media Education works with. Utilising Media Education’s 30-year experience of working in collaboration with young people, you will be supported to conduct storytelling and filmmaking exercises that we currently use for our creative reports. All training will be provided, and no previous media experience is required to attend. For this session you will need a mobile phone, tablet or device you feel comfortable using.

  • Supporting young peer researchers through a COVID-19 research project 

Delivered by Sean Peacock, Jenny Wood and Jamie Hamilton, A Place in Childhood

At this workshop, you will hear about A Place in Childhood’s self-funded research into children and young people’s experiences of the first COVID-19 lockdown. We will discuss this before encouraging participants to share their own challenges of commissioning and conducting research. Then, in a breakout activity, we’ll ask participants to design their own research projects that respond to a real or imagined crisis for a specific marginalised group. This is an opportunity to discuss best practice in research involving peer researchers and vulnerable groups and share in an engaging learning experience.

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What happens next?

After you have completed your booking form:

  • You will get an automated email to say we have received your booking.
  • You will receive another email within 2 weeks to say you have a place on the conference. (Please note due to the holiday period you will not receive a response between 23rd December and 6th January but as soon as possible after that). We will only give places to those working in Scotland.
  • You will get an email at the beginning of February with the conference programme and links to join the plenary session and two workshops.