Doing it together: a story from the co-production field

Jacquie Kidd (School of Nursing, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
Gareth Edwards (Positive Thinking Ltd, Raglan, New Zealand)

Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Publication date: 8 August 2016

Abstract

Purpose

Co-production in the context of mental health research has become something of a buzzword to indicate a project where mental health service users and academics are in a research partnership. The notion of partnership where one party has the weight of academic tradition on its side is a contestable one, so in this paper the authors “write to understand” (Richardson and St Pierre, 2005) as the purpose of this paper is to examine the experiences of working in a co-produced research project that investigated supported housing services for people with serious mental health problems.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors set out to trouble the notion of co-produced research though a painfully honest account of the project, while at the same time recognising it as an idea whose time has come and suggesting a framework to support its implementation.

Findings

Co-production is a useful, albeit challenging, approach to research.

Originality/value

This paper is particularly relevant to researchers who are endeavouring to produce work that challenges the status quo through giving voice to people who are frequently silenced by the research process.

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Citation

Kidd, J. and Edwards, G. (2016), "Doing it together: a story from the co-production field", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 274-287. https://doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-07-2015-0059

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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