Engaging Citizens in Research: Design, Methods and Data, 26 May 2021
This was the second workshop organised by the Regional Studies Association Research Network on Citizen Entrepreneurship (RSARNCE).
The recording of this session is now available here:
The main objectives were:
- Identify, discuss and develop different approaches to doing research involving citizens in varied communities engaged in entrepreneurship and economic development.
- Present approaches developed and being used to date as part of the RSARNCE project.
- Consider measurement indicators.
- Development of CE Research and Project Practitioners’ Network
The workshop generated awareness , raised questions, promoted the design of the research being undertaken, the varied methodologies being used to suit specific contexts. The workshop explained why different research approaches and modalities were being considered partly due to the inherent constructivist approach taken overall. The early outcomes of the research (focusing on data collection) carried out in the 3 countries were discussed, with a particular focus on India, where the data collection has been more advanced. The discussion was of specific value to academic researchers but also to policy makers and reflective practitioners because of the need for engaged community research practice that underpins the research project.
Most participants valued the unique character of the project and the accommodation of multiple research design and methodological approaches which are context specific. The main conclusions were as follows:
- Promote the research design and methodological approaches widely through the RSA web site and other academic platforms.
- Ensure that the cases are organised as a portfolio of exemplary CE cases.
- Try and work towards measures for CE success.
- Build on the early success of generating awareness of CE, and the network of both projects and researchers, internationally, where possible.
- Organise local dissemination events.