This book is the first specifically to explore methodological issues relating to the involvement of refugees in both service evaluation and development and research more generally. It builds on a two-year seminar series funded by the ESRC and attended by members of a range of statutory and voluntary organisations, as well as academics and refugees themselves. The participants jointly drew up a set of good practice guidelines that are re-produced in the book for the first time.
Key features include a focus on the methodology for active involvement of refugees; a discussion of barriers to involvement; suggestions for overcoming barriers; analysis of existing practices and ideas for change and a discussion of the implications for policy, research and practice.
Doing research with refugees is essential reading for anyone working with in the field. This includes academics, researchers, health and social care providers and voluntary organisations. Refugees themselves who are interested in their role in service evaluation, development and research will also find the book of interest.
Bogusia Temple is Professor of Health and Social Care Research at the University of Central Lancashire. She has extensive research experience with service providers, service users and community groups in health and social care. Rhetta Moran is an independent researcher who has worked across the voluntary and academic sectors developing action research projects for 20 years.
Introduction ~ Bogusia Temple and Rhetta Moran; Refugees as researchers: experiences from the project 'Bridges and fences: paths to refugee integration in the EU' ~ Elizabeth Mestheneos; Limited exchanges: approaches to involving people who do not speak English in research and service development ~ Bogusia Temple and Rosalind Edwards; Breaking the silence: participatory research processes about health with Somali refugee people seeking asylum ~ Rhetta Moran, Zeinab Mohamed and Hermione Lovel; Home/lessness as an indicator of integration: interviewing refugees about the meaning of home and accommodation ~ Priya Kissoon; The community leader, the politician and the policeman: a personal perspective ~ Manawar Jan-Khan; Complexity and community empowerment in regeneration, 2002-04 ~ Felicity Greenham with Rhetta Moran; Refugee voices as evidence in policy and practice ~ Kirsteen Tait; Challenging barriers to participation in qualitative research: involving disabled refugees ~ Jennifer Harris and Keri Roberts; Why religion matters ~ M. Louise Pirouet; Action learning: a research approach that helped me to rediscover my integrity ~ Anna Maria Miwanda Bagenda.