20 Jan 2017 Common Cause Press Release (PDF, 129 kB)

Common Cause is a new collaborative arts and humanities initiative will map routes to greater inclusion that enable the UK’s diverse population to fully participate in research and collaborations.


Reference material

Creating Living Knowledge Report (PDF, 10MB)

The Connected Communities Programme, community-university relationships and the participatory turn in the production of knowledge


People’s Knowledge and Participatory Action Research: Escaping the white-walled labyrinth

A new realm of understanding, one that has been created by authors who are mainly non-academics, and who bring their own perspectives on the production and validation of knowledge.

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Resources on Collaborative Research

The National Standards for Community Engagement

A document produced by The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) which set out good-practice principles designed to support and inform the process of community engagement, and improve what happens as a result. These principles have been used to support community engagement, and user involvement, in Scotland since 2005, following the idea of “7 Standards” as outlined on their website and in the study.

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Mind The Gap: Rigor & Relevance In Heritage Science Research

This report from the National Archives aimed to examine in detail the perceived hindrances to, as well as the enablers of, collaboration across academic and practice-focused research communities. It arose from the AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme sponsored Research Clusters in 2008.

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Practice Policy Briefing: Enabling Marginalised Communities in Policy and Practice

This briefing explains the use of Participatory Action Research (PAR) with marginalised groups of people. In essence these were people who experience barriers in interacting with representatives of social policy and practice on a daily basis.

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Research with BME Groups

A “How to” Guide from Kirklees Council through their Involve tool that provides a starting point for carrying out research with BME community groups.

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Resources on Third Sector

The Third Sector Resource Centre has a considerable number of papers available as Open Access documents, and is a key starting point for this information.

Suggested papers:

The Black and Minority Ethnic Third Sector: A Resource Paper

“Very small, very quiet, a whisper” Black and Minority Ethnic Groups: Voice and Influence


Case Studies

Co-Producing Knowledge with Below The Radar Communities: Factionalism, Commodification or Partnership? A Gipsy, Roma, and Traveller Case Study

The following discussion paper explores the debates around community led research, drawing on the specific case study example of European Gypsy, Traveller and Roma research networks. It identifies the challenges in the co-production of research knowledge and how more inclusive models of research might be developed in future.

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The University as the ‘Imagined Other’: Making Sense of Community Co-Produced Literacy Research

This academic article presents a number of case studies regarding ways in which research processes can be reflected upon collaboratively and suggests methodologies that allow for uncertainty and unknowing in order to make sense of this process. It argues that combining collaborative ethnography together with methodologies from arts practice can be helpful in grounding collaborative research within epistemologies of uncertainty and hope.

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Understanding Well-being Through Community Research in Easton and Lawrence Hill

This report has been produced by the community organisation “Up Your Street”, based in Bristol, following their research project exploring ideas about well-being and community involvement.

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