PROP’s First KE Event!

We had our first knowledge exchange event on Monday, October 22nd, and by all accounts it was a great success!  The event focused on two key themes: the experience of doing research as a practitioner and the eight research projects which are underway.

The first set of presentations centered on the research process.  The practitioners grounded their perspectives in a variety of images, each of which gives some insight into the opportunities and challenges one faces when undertaking a new piece of research. In addition to the ripple image here, we were shown pictures of an iceberg, a nebula, a mountain climber and the Tardis from Doctor Who!  Each of these suggests the depth and complexity of the research process.

We also had a discussion about the role of research in organisations.  We were particularly interested in how and why research might be used when planning and delivering health and social care to older people. The key themes from this discussion were (1) improving services for older people (2) using resources better and (3) fostering change and development.

After a short break, we joined the practitioners again for a second set of presentations.  This time, the focus was on their rationale for doing research.  We learned about the motivation for doing a piece of research, the opportunities which being a practitioner has brought to the research process and their aspirations for creating improvement in the delivery of health and social care for older people.

A summary of the different practitioner research programmes can be downloaded here.  Further detail on each of the practitioners-researchers can be found on our blog here.  And more information on our knowledge exchange plans can be found here.

 

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Catherine-Rose

Catherine-Rose is an IRISS Associate in Contribution Analysis. She was previously the Research Fellow on the PROP project (co-designed by IRISS and CRFR). PROP is an ESRC-funded project focused on improving care for older through practitioner-research.

2 thoughts on “PROP’s First KE Event!”

  1. One of my favourite quotes from the event was from one of the practitioner researchers explaining how they had full-time jobs, were doing full-time research and had full-time lives.

  2. A comment from Margaret-Ann Dale at Glasgow City Council:
    “Thanks Catherine-Rose, Heather and Claire.
    Very useful session and great progress with PROP
    Practitioners very engaging and positive-reflection of the progress and commitment from yourselves/wider stakeholder group, Margaret-Anne”

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