As part of this focus on collaboration, we will look at the various ways researchers and academic writers work together. This post is the second in a series based on SAGE Research Cases.
The selected cases are open access until the end of January, 2019. If the links have expired you can access them through with a 30-day free trial of the Cases platform, using your academic email address.
Sometimes we conduct research in order to learn about a population that can be difficult to engage. They probably aren’t going to respond fully and candidly to interview questions, and might not complete a survey. This case discusses an approach for studying youth by involving them in the entire research process, including shared leadership and input on decision-making. This respectful approach might also be helpful to researchers who are studying other challenging groups.
DeJonckheere, M.,Vaughn, L. M., & Bruck, D. (2017). Youth-led participatory action research: A collaborative methodology for health,education, and social change. SAGE Research Methods Cases.doi:10.4135/9781473956032
Youth-led participatory action research is a collaborative approach that engages youth as partners in research design, data collection, analysis, and dissemination. In contrast to traditional research, young research participants are positioned as co-researchers rather than subjects of research. The purpose of this case is to explore the principles of youth-led
participatory action research approaches in the context of health and education research. We present the processes and outcomes from two youth-led projects that are grounded in the philosophies of shared leadership, joint decision-making, trust, and equitable collaboration. The first, the Youth Council for Suicide Prevention, is a youth-led project designed to address the ineffective suicide prevention programs that currently exclude the voices of youth experiences. The second project, Stuck in the Cracks, is a collaboration to develop community connectedness in a low-income neighborhood. Both projects are examples of youth-led participatory action research partnerships that include adolescents in all phases of the research process and rely on them to collect reliable data in populations that can be difficult to engage in research. We discuss the benefits and challenges of shared decision-making and leadership with youth.