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Moving On Tyne & Wear

Peer Research Project (Gateshead)

About the Peer Research Project

The aim of the Peer Research Project in Gateshead is to research and explore how alcohol and drug use affects employment opportunities. The findings from the project will help us shape and develop existing service provision.

Throughout 2017 we sought six Moving On Tyne & Wear participants to train as peer researchers to find out the impact that historical substance misuse and addiction has on people who are looking for work. Each of the participants took part in a series of half-day accredited Level 2 training sessions in Peer Research and Research Skills, covering the following skills:

Session one:

  • Understanding research
  • Different research methods
  • Understanding peer research

Session two:

  • Research ethics
  • Informed consent
  • Thinking about bias

Session three:

  • Research frameworks
  • Developing research questions
  • Research methods in focus: Interviews

Session four:

  • Data analysis
  • Reporting

Session five:

  • Putting it all together: plan a research project

The participants completed the training and planned how to carry out the research in both one-to-one and group sessions.

We offered three part-time jobs to our peer researchers to evaluate the research, draft a report and share the findings across the Moving On Tyne & Wear partnership.

The project is due to be completed at the end of 2018 and will be published with findings informing local services.

Read Graeme’s story to find out what it was like going from programme participant to employee.

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