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Service-user involvement in evaluation and research: issues, dilemmas and destinations

Peter Beresford

in The politics of evaluation

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346063
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303954 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.003.0005
Service-user involvement in evaluation and research: issues, dilemmas and destinations

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This chapter explores some of the key concerns arising from service users and service-user organisations in association with research and evaluation. It discusses the ideological basis of participation, the ownership discourse, the purpose of research and evaluation and the nature of research values. It describes the future of participatory research as particularly dependent on non-service users being prepared to offer support without taking control, to enable rather than lead, and to and support service users to find space and resources rather than take control of themselves.

Keywords: service users; service-user organisations; participation; ownership discourse; research values; non-service users

Chapter.  3429 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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