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Peer Research Methodology: Challenges and Solutions

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Peer research, where members of the researched group adopt the role of researcher, has the potential to empower young people to participate in research by minimizing power imbalances between researchers and participants, contributing to reducing bias and promoting improved understanding. However, such benefits are not automatic; the relative inexperience of peer researchers adds layers of complexity to the research process.

This case study explores the use of the peer researcher methodology in two studies exploring young people's transitions from care to adulthood/independent living (Right2BCared4 initiative and the Staying Put: 18 Plus Family Placement Programme) exploring the ethical, practical, and data quality issues that arose. It concludes that the peer research methodology can yield rich data but that adequate resources and effective research management are essential.

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