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Community Research Training Offer

KEY INFORMATION

  • Basic training: 2 x 3hr session
  • Delivered online or face-to-face
  • Cohort size 6-20 people
  • Follow-up support available
  • Resources provided
  • Price on request

Our Community Researcher training offer

KEY INFORMATION

  • Basic training: 2 x 3hr session
  • Delivered on-line or face-to-face
  • Cohort size 6-20 people
  • Follow-up support available
  • Resources provided
  • Price on request

Welcome to our Community Research Training course, a programme that empowers people on their journey towards become skilled and knowledgeable Community Researchers. Our approach was developed through our work with Belong in Plymouth and is designed to create a safe and inclusive space for people to share their stories and lived experiences with trained Community Researchers.

Community Research can benefit organisations and projects by helping them gain valuable insights into the experiences of the people they serve. Here are some reasons why our approach is effective:

  • We prioritise listening to people’s stories, not interviewing.

  • Our training program provides researchers with the skills and knowledge needed to create a safe and engaging space for people to share their stories.

  • Guidance on ethics, data protection, and the technical aspects of Community Research is included.

  • We offer ongoing support and resources to our clients, including opportunities for continued engagement and support for Community Researchers.

Our Community Researcher Training course covers the Community Conversations Framework, Ethics and Consent and Holding Structure. We refine listening and questioning skills and provide practice exercises to help participants to become more conscious and aware of what they’re doing. 

Some of the key takeaways from this course include:

  • Understanding the importance of holding structure and preparation to effective Community Research.

  • Learning how to support someone else to verbally explore the factors they think are relevant to topic being explored.

  • Gaining knowledge on the three levels of listening – Internal Listening, Focused Listening, and Global Listening – and how they can support Community Research conversations.

  • Exploring different types of questions to use as a community researcher, including Open Questions, Powerful Questions and Blank Access Questions.

  • Using Contracting to help the participant create safety and lead the conversation where it needs to go.

  • Learning how to explore a person’s story respectfully without bringing your own into the picture.

  • Understanding how to be curious while maintaining structure and focus.
  • Tips for recording the conversation and mapping the conversational journey to ensure specific information is captured to support sense-making.

If your organisation wants to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences and needs of the people it serves, our Community Research Training could be a valuable tool for you. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.