Co-Producing Research with Communities: Lessons from the Productive Margins Programme - Online (join a waiting list)


29/09/2020 - 30/09/2020

Organised by:

NCRM, University of Southampton


Dr Jenny Barke and Mrs Helen Thomas-Hughes


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Jacqui Thorp
Training and Capacity Building Co-ordinator
National Centre for Research Methods
Tel: 02380594069


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Online run by University of Southampton


This two-day training module focuses on both why and how to co-produce research with communities. We draw on the work of Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement; a five-year research programme which explored approaches to co-producing research with community organizations and collectives across the City of Bristol and South Wales. The training is delivered by two academics who worked on the project and are currently engaged in community-based research and teaching.

The training will outline and critique the current context of community-based research in the UK exploring both ethical and pragmatic issues across the process of developing, carrying out, analysing and disseminating community-based research.

The training is interactive, connecting theory with practice. Attendees are asked to bring with them an example of a community research project they are working on or considering developing. The afternoon session of day 2 will focus on these projects with the aim of drawing on the trainers and attendees’ knowledge and experience to strengthen current projects and avoid common pitfalls.

Day 1: Why coproduce - the theory and ideas that drive people’s participation in co-production

•             Introductions to people and projects in the room

•             Productive Margins: an overview

•             Reflect on when and how community-based research is appropriate

•             Explore the values and traditions of community-based research

Day 2: How to co-produce - methods of co-production

•             Ethical issues in community-based research

•             “Training” community researchers

•             Employing creative methods within community research

•             Workshopping projects

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • situate co-produced community research within a diverse range of practice and traditions.
  • reflect on, anticipate and manage some of the ethical issues that may arise during community-based research.
  • consider when and how community-based co-produced research is an appropriate methodological tool.
  • draw on a range of pragmatic resources to support the set-up delivery and dissemination of co-produced community-based research.


Prior experience or knowledge of community-based research. This course will be particularly suitable for those working-on, developing or interested in participatory, co-produced or community-based research.


The fee per teaching day is:

• £30 per day for students registered at UK/EU University.
• £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions.
• £100 per day for all other participants

All fees include event materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. They do not include travel and accommodation costs.

In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date.

If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of the cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs.

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Please note bookings will close one week before the course takes place.

Website and registration:


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Participatory Research, Co-productive research , Qualitative research , Ethics , ommunity-based research , Quality in Qualitative research , Arts-methods

Related publications and presentations:

Participatory Research

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