In recent years there has been a growing interest in involving citizens and communities in the creation of public policy and the design and delivery of public services. Local governments and service providers have begun to recognise community members as experts in their own right, equipped with valuable lived experience and an inside understanding of how their communities work and what their communities need. As ‘experts by experience,’ community members can contribute to enhancing the effectiveness and inclusivity of the policies and services that impact their lives.
There are a wide range of methods for bringing the lived experience of communities to bear on policymaking and service design processes. The Institute for Community Studies, funded by Open University, has written a report on the role and value of peer research in the UK policy context, reviewing the available evidence on the usability and value of this approach in the principal areas of youth and urban policy through a number of case studies and explores the opportunities and challenges for lived experience as a form of data in policymaking and service design more generally. The report draws on existing literature, as well as a series of original interviews with policymakers and academics engaged in the use of lived experience data.
At this event you will hear about the key findings from the report and explore case studies and lessons on best practice in peer research from across the UK. You will also hear about our National Peer Research Network.
This will be followed by 30 minute breakout sessions exploring two questions:
- What would you be looking for from a Peer Research Network?
- What opportunities do you see for peer research shaping policy evidence base and recommendations?
This event is hosted by the London Policy & Strategy Network.
Thursday, 27 May 2021
13:00 – 14:00
Register for free here.