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Reaching the Right People: Reflexive Practice to Support Effective Recruitment, Participation, and Engagement in Research With Communities Affected by Stigma

Stevenson, Jacqui; Keogh, Peter; Smith, John and West, Elizabeth (2018). Reaching the Right People: Reflexive Practice to Support Effective Recruitment, Participation, and Engagement in Research With Communities Affected by Stigma. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17 pp. 1–7.

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Abstract

Recruiting participants to qualitative studies is often a challenge—reaching the right people, and the right people choosing to participate, is a primary consideration for researchers. For research on HIV, as a condition which continues to be stigmatized, this can be magnified. However, being part of the HIV voluntary sector and occupying a role of “HIV advocate” can provide routes to overcome this challenge. Using the example of the researcher’s transition from voluntary sector worker to academic PhD researcher, this article explores how recruitment can be facilitated by utilizing personal and professional networks and how, in turn, this can present new challenges in reaching participants who are not “research regulars,” who are experienced in participating in qualitative research. It further explores reflexive methodologies as applied to participatory research on HIV and aging as it affects women in the UK and asks how the roles of “advocate” and “researcher” complement and challenge one another. Reflexive practice and an analysis of the researcher’s motives and how this impacts on recruitment, participation, and dissemination are considered. A three-part approach to reflexively engaging with participants’ questions is put forward. This provides a new perspective on participatory approaches in relation to research recruitment specifically.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Jacqui Stevenson, 2018 Peter Keogh, 2018 John Smith, 2018 Elizabeth West
ISSN: 1609-4069
Keywords: participatory research; reflexivity; recruitment; gender; HIV; stigma
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 58496
Depositing User: ORO Import
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 12:58
Last Modified: 12 May 2019 04:51
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58496
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