Research, engagement and impact


The main purpose of the Pathways through Participation project was to improve understanding of the multiple dimensions of participation and to increase the evidence base on people’s experience of participation over time. The project also always intended to encourage the use of its research findings to influence practice and policy so that more appropriate opportunities for participation could be developed and made available to a greater range of people.

We have just released a short briefing paper – research, engagement and impact – that reviews the project’s approach to research and stakeholder engagement, highlights how the project set about linking research to policy and practice, and critically assesses some of the research methods and tools that were used. The paper also reflects on some of the challenges of conducting research and summarises the key practical learning from the project for future research.

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