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PeakCare Research Group

by PeakCare Qld on 27th February 2014

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In mid 2013, PeakCare established a Research Group to bring together PeakCare member agencies with research positions and / or an interest in research and evaluation. Meetings are held bi-monthly at different member agencies in the greater Brisbane area but members outside of the south east corner can still be part of the group through the Community Door network space.
The February 2014 meeting of the PeakCare Research Group included presentations from member agencies and others on 'researching'. The topic was part of the 2014 forward agenda which will include focused discussions on kinship care, education, prevention and early intervention, and transition to independence.
The researching discussion commenced with an introduction from Child Safety Services about their research priorities and research application process. If your research interests potentially involve accessing children in care, departmental staff and / or departmental data, making contact with them as early as possible was stressed to avoid disappointment. This was followed by an overview by an academic from Griffith University School of Human Services and Social Work, Prof Clare Tilbury, about the importance of developing research questions that inform your research methodology, not just jumping to what you want to do (eg. interview children about what they like) and the advantages to both academics and service providers of exploring research interests and developing links.
The next three speakers tackled the concept of inclusive research with children and young people in or post care (Lucas Moore, Queensland Coordinator, CREATE Foundation), people with an intellectual disability (Sarah MacDonald, PhD student), and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families (Gerald Featherstone, CEO, Kummara Foundation). Each speaker drew on their own or their organisation's research to explain practical, ethical and informed consent considerations when designing and undertaking research with each of those groups of service users.
An emerging research methodology - Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis - was described by Salote Mafi (Senior Research Officer, Boystown) including organisational learnings from conducting a SROI analysis of a pilot job services program.
To see some photos of the meeting, follow this link to PeakCare's Facebook page.
Contact Tracey Smithif you'd like to find out more about the group.