The PROSPER study is an NIHR funded mixed methods, co-research study of the role, funding and commissioning of specialist services provided by the voluntary sector in England. To find out more visit https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/applied-health/research/prosper-study.aspx
I am working with the co-research team to explore their experiences using creative auto-ethnographic methods. This includes supporting the project planning and logistics of activities, as well as working with the team to identify themes and topics.
The co-research team are currently looking for artists to support their work. Please read the briefing for artists below to learn more about this opportunity.
Briefing for artists:
About the PROSPER study:
Sexual violence is increasing year-on-year. Many survivors experience long-term, multiple effects on their health, wellbeing and social life, with the fiscal impacts in England estimated to be over £8billion annually. PROSPER is the first national study on the role of the voluntary sector in supporting survivors. There are two stages: 1) National survey of provider and commissioners’; 2) Qualitative case study work in four UK sites, involving interviews with service providers, commissioners and survivors. Pivotal to the PROSPER design, is the appointment of six, adult co-researchers, with lived experience of sexual violence and abuse. They were appointed in January 2021 to have a key role in Stage 2. They have received training, support, one-to-one mentorship and are currently involved in the case study interviews with other survivors, paired with a member of the academic team.
Co-research signifies active involvement, emphasising research with and by, rather than on participants. Co-research ensures lived experience is heard, reflected and infused in research; subsequently resulting in research (processes, methodology and materials) that can accurately respond to and meet the needs of participants (including reducing re-traumatisation, conducting research sensitively, minimising power differentials and ensuring participants’ safety and wellbeing).
About this work:
Members of the PROSPER co-applicant team have undertaken multiple projects with survivors as co-researchers and published widely on the issue. This experience has highlighted numerous challenges with such research, particularly power, ethics, co-researcher safety and re-traumatisation. But while we know a great deal about the methodological strengths and challenges of co-research with survivors of sexual violence and abuse, there are many unknowns. The aim is to address this gap and develop a suite of co-produced, creative materials for ensuring co-researcher safety and wellbeing.
Adopting a broadly auto-ethnographic approach, the five co-researchers will capture their own lived experiences of working on PROSPER. They have suggested creative approaches, e.g. creative writing artwork, photovoice, reflective diaries, illustrative accounts, video blogs and poetry. The co-researchers will choose their own methods, thus enhancing a sense of control and empowerment.
About the artists:
We are seeking artists who can work with co-researchers to create their own artistic representation of their work on prosper. These will be selected and commissioned by each co-researcher.
We are also seeking the following:
The venue for the retreat weekend is TBC, but will be in a central location with transport links.
Expressions of interest:
To express an interest in this project, please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on 2nd October 2022:
If you require any further information or would like an informal chat about the project, please contact Lisa on email@example.com.