Community engagement in challenging times

Gabi Kent

As part of our commitment to public engagement, the PSE has sought to create a model or process to connect low income communities with PSE research, to amplify their voices by linking their local experiences to a national research project and to share their findings via digital media tools, such as the PSE website.

This working paper describes an experimental collaboration between members of the Poverty and Social Exclusion project (PSE), the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and communities from some of the most deprived wards in Northern Ireland during a period of unprecedented social welfare changes. This pilot engagement process devised and tested in collaboration with these communities, presents one model for building partnerships between national research projects and local low-income and hard to reach individuals, communities and their advocates, as part of a mutually beneficial process. Visit the Communities in Action section for more information on this unique collaboration.

Publication date: 
May 26 2014