Service users as peer research interviewers: why bother?

Harding, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-2328-0784, Whitfield, G. and Stillwell, N., 2010. Service users as peer research interviewers: why bother? In: I. Greener, C. Holden and M. Kilkey, eds., Social policy review 22: analysis and debate in social policy, 2010. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 317-336. ISBN 9781847427113


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Drawing on two studies completed within the social housing sector, this chapter asks if there are advantages to peer interviewing, whereby those currently or recently receiving services interview their peers as part of a research project. Contribution is made to the broader methodological debate of how service users should be involved in research about their lives. Along with contributions from a peer interviewer, we examine the benefits to peer interviewers themselves, and whether there are any positive differences for the people being interviewed. This chapter argues that there are clear methodological advantages to peer interviewing as it can lend vital insights from rapport with those often regarded as ‘hardest to reach’. The chapter also discusses peer interviewing in terms of strategic risk and limitations, as well as practical and ethical considerations. Ways of developing peer research in general are also suggested.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Harding, R., Whitfield, G. and Stillwell, N.
Publisher: Policy Press
Place of Publication: Bristol
Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781847427113
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 28 Oct 2015 10:34
Last Modified: 21 May 2024 10:42

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