The Covid Realities research programme required us to respond speedily to the Covid-19 context, and to develop new methodological strategies to cope with an uncertain and fast changing context. As a research team, we worked collaboratively and iteratively, learning as we went. We did this by drawing on an incredible range of expertise – from parents and carers themselves to artists and our fantastic advisory group.
Below, we set out the three key stages of the participatory online work.
Like building a house, foundations matter, and we spent the first three months of the project building our partnership approach and figuring out exactly how we were going to work collaboratively with parents and carers living on a low-income during a pandemic.
Over a year, we worked with parents and carers to document their experiences and develop recommendations for change.
The next phase of this participatory research focused on getting the findings from the project out to as wide an audience as is possible.
To do this we published a book, working with parents to help us figure out what to include. 'A Year Like No Other: Life on a Low Income during COVID-19' is available online.
During this phase we be focused on getting the findings from the project out to as wide an audience as is possible. We published a book, and worked with parents to help us figure out what to include in it. We also met with participants to finalise project recommendations and reflected on the approach we took in this project.