Advanced participatory data gathering, using Ketso (postponed)



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University of Manchester


Dr Joanne Tippett


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Claire Spencer, 0161 275 4579,


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Humanities Bridgford Street Building, University of Manchester


Generating impact from research is more likely if research participants and stakeholders are engaged in the process. Data gathering can in itself be a mutual learning experience, increasing the value to participants, as well as generating rich data.

A series of practical exercises will allow participants to consider core principles of stakeholder engagement (developed from Dr. Joanne Tippett’s 20 years of experience in participatory research) in relation to their research projects.

Using hands-on and visual tools, participants are able to express their ideas and engage in dialogue, whilst allowing the researcher to capture data from the discussion in a physical artefact. Participants will explore ways to analyse and search for patterns in participatory data.

The course will use a hands-on kit for stakeholder engagement, Ketso, to demonstrate participatory data gathering in action. Ketso emerged from ESRC funded research (Tippett et al. 2007).

The course draws on insights from Ketso’s use in research across the world, e.g. in Peru exploring drinking water practices (Furlong and Tippett 2013), in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Tanzania looking at climate change adaptation, in Saudi Arabia exploring technology in education (Alabbasi and Stelma 2018), in Norway exploring information management in libraries (Whitworth et. al. 2014) and in the UK, in research as diverse as sustainability skills in supermarkets, refugee integration, street trees, information management in libraries and feminist rock festivals (O’Shea, S., 2012).

Participants will explore ways they could use participatory techniques in their research. The action orientated learning of the course will be supplemented by discussion of key issues surrounding participatory methodologies and the critiques of such approaches.

Course Description

The course is aimed at researchers who wish to involve stakeholders or community members in their research, and who wish to gain skills in effective stakeholder engagement and participatory data gathering. It is suitable for those considering a wide spectrum of participatory approaches, from a stakeholder-led enquiry, to a mixed methods approach with elements of participatory data gathering.

The course will:

  1. Introduce key principles of stakeholder engagement in research and explore these in the context of delegate’s research
  2. Develop knowledge of participatory and action research, its challenges and opportunities
  3. Develop skills in planning workshops and participatory events with stakeholders
  4. Introduce Ketso as a tool for participatory data gathering through a series of practical exercises
  5. Explore ways to analyse participatory data (using a spreadsheet developed for analysing data from Ketso workshops)
  6. Increase participants’ awareness of research impact and ways to increase impact from research

Participants will have an opportunity to explore stakeholder engagement for their own research or upcoming projects. There will be a series of hands-on exercises and many opportunities for dialogue amongst delegates and with the course leader.

The course will use Ketso as an example of an approach to participatory data gathering, because each piece of the kit is designed to incorporate a key element that needs to be considered in designing effective workshops and focus groups. The principles taught on the course can be applied to other approaches to data gathering and participatory tools.

No prior knowledge of participatory research, facilitation, or Ketso is assumed for this course.

The course will run from 10am - 4:30pm

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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• £30 per day for UK/EU registered students
• £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.
• £220 per day for all other participants

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Participatory Research, Qualitative Interviewing, Interactive data visualisation, Mind maps

Related publications and presentations:

Participatory Research
Qualitative Interviewing
Interactive data visualisation
Mind maps

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