City Conversation in Clubmoor project has culminated with the production of a Community Research Toolkit, designed to support the involvement of residents and frontline workers in policy-focused research.
The City Conversation project involved the University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute, Liverpool City Council and the MyClubmoor Partnership Board. It was funded from the UKRI’s Enhancing Place-Based Partnerships in Public Engagement Programme. The project aimed to develop participatory approaches to community engagement that would lead to a better understanding of local issues and contribute to the design of more effective public services.
Focusing on Clubmoor ward, a neighbourhood of 15,000 people in north Liverpool, the project aimed to better connect citizens to decisions about inclusive growth. In an era of prolonged pressure on public sector budgets, the potential applications of this research – most notably, in facilitating a meaningful dialogue between local residents and policymakers, to inform Liverpool’s City Plan and the potential redesign of public services – are clear.
A key objective for the project was to strengthen the dialogue and engagement of public and community partners in developing policy and services. The project also established a method of engaging and training community members and frontline workers to be researchers. This has not only created a cadre of trained individuals that can be involved in future community-led research activity but has established community-led research as a practical tool for public agencies to use.
For more information on the project and to download the Community Research Toolkit, visit the University of Liverpool website.
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