Where appropriate, we incorporate peer research in our work.
Revolving Doors has a team of peer researchers, who have received OCN-accredited peer research training and we work with partners to train existing or previous clients in Level 2 Peer Research so they can bring their unique insights into our work.
Through providing a meaningful role, peer research opportunities offer broader benefits to individual self-development, confidence and recovery.
A lot more than a methodology, peer research involves a much more radical questioning of long-held beliefs about research. These include who has the power to decide who can be a researcher, what counts as research, and what is researched and how.
We have found that taking a peer research approach benefits a project’s design, delivery and outputs. For example, peer researchers can:
- shape a research strategy so it is more meaningful to people it seeks to serve,
- ensure that research questions get more rich and relevant responses,
- be a relatable and authentic when conducting fieldwork,
- draw on their own experience of the system and their local context and,
- be powerful advocates for the research findings and support dissemination.
A peer study into repeat victimisation among people who moved from the streets into supported accommodation in London.
Revolving Doors Agency and Birth Companions have published a joint research report contributing to a better understanding of the experiences and needs of women facing multiple disadvantage during pregnancy and birth.