Creative & Collaborative Action Research: Keep Talking

Categories: Academic Writing Month, Action Research, Creative Methods, Dissemination, Other, Presentation, Visuals, and Creativity, Research Roles, Research Skills

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In October our MethodSpace focus was on Action Research.
In November our focus was Academic Writing Month.
In December our focus is on Trust and Credibility.
Since March we have offered examples and resources related to the shifts to online learning and research in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This post exemplifies all four! The study Nicola Gratton discusses in this interview uses participatory action research. The continuing project bridges town-gown in ongoing partnerships based on mutual trust and respect. The dissemination efforts include serious academic writing, a cookbook, comics, poetry and more!

I was intrigued by Keep Talking Project when I saw their 2019 report, and asked Nic to tell me more. Listen to hear her discuss this excellent work, then look at the prodigious and varied outputs listed below.

Everyone is Talking!

  1. Get Talking about Community Research Comic:  An illustrated comic designed following community researchers request for easily accessible resources to understand the role. Keep Talking community researchers and project team are represented in the illustrations : 
  2. Keep Talking About… Podcast (Expert Citizens link): A podcast hosted on BuzzSprout, shared through Spotify, Apple Music and TuneIn exploring issues of isolation, disability, creativity, friendship and community and family.
  3. More than Findings and Funding: a coproduced guide for community organisations and universities working together to create the right environment for community research:
  4. Purpose, Process, People: Community researchers’ motivations for sustained engagement in place-based research:
  5. Keep Talking Creativity: a collection of photography and poetry created by Keep talking community researchers during lockdown:
  6. Keep Talking Lockdown Cookbook: A selection of recipes shared by community researchers during lockdown:
  7. Expert Citizen’s website can be found here:

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