This article outlines a model for gauging the quality of a partnership approach to research that was developed for use in a Research Centre in West Sweden. The Äldre Väst Sjuhärad Centre has as its main goal the promotion of partnerships between older people and their families, service providers and researchers. In pursuing these goals the Centre adopts a broadly‐constructivist approach to undertaking research that is ‘authentic’ and meaningful to those who take part. In order to make judgements about the quality of its activity the Centre has adapted the authenticity criteria originally suggested by Guba and Lincoln (1989), so that they are more readily understood by older people, carers and service providers. These criteria can be applied at all stages of research activity, and it is suggested here that they can be utilised more widely in order to make inferences about the effects of partnership working in other contexts.
Nolan, M., Hanson, E., Magnusson, L. and Andersson, B. (2003), "Gauging quality in constructivist research: The Äldre Väst Sjuhärad model revisited", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 22-27. https://doi.org/10.1108/14717794200300010Download as .RIS
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