The main objectives of the citizen research workshops are to explore the subject of social inequalities in health and to highlight research themes based on the needs and questions of citizens. Their objectives are also to generate interest in the research and to collect the names of people interested in becoming peer researchers.
Peer researchers are people living in a situation of socio-economic disadvantage who are trained to integrate research teams and participate in all stages (definition of research questions and methodology, analysis and interpretation of data, dissemination of results).
The workshops are co-facilitated by citizens of the Chair’s governance committee (called peer researchers) and an academic researcher (student or senior). Other citizens (called participants) participate in the workshops.
Recruitment is done by partner organizations (e.g. Paroles d’excluEs, Collectif pour un Québec sans pauvreté, Regroupement des Ressources Alternatives en Santé Mentale).
The workshops take place at the premises of each partner organization, and last between 2 and 2.5 hours.
After being familiarized with the Chair, the process and vision of participatory research, participants are invited to present their views on what social inequalities in health are, give examples of situations in which they arise, and discuss what can be done to reduce them.
The researcher then presents what the research says about social inequalities in health and invites participants to respond to the research findings and the links between them and the points raised by participants.
The citizen research workshops took place in the summer of 2019. The data was analyzed in the fall 2019 during the first knowledge exchange meeting between researchers and peer-researchers. You can now download the full report and the summary of the workshops report by clicking the link below :