Published on September 26, 2014
How and why do people get and stay involved in different types of participation over their lifetime? Véronique Jochum National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) 25 September 2014
Research questions How and why does participation begin and continue? Can trends and patterns of participation be identified over time? What connections, if any, are there between different forms and episodes of participation and what triggers movement between them?
Approach Qualitative research 101 in-depth Analytical framework 3 field work areas: Leeds Enfield Suffolk interviews Life stories Participation as ‘situated practice’ Stakeholder engagement Individual at the centre Literature review Mapping workshops View slide
Approach: Broad view of participation over time Formative years Middle years Later years View slide
Thinking about your own participation • What’s your earliest memory of participation? • When in your life did you participation the least? What kept you from getting more involved in the things you were interested in? • Is there a link between the activities you have been involved in over your life? If so, what is it? • What allows you to keep going today?
The factors that shape participation Individual motivations and resources Relationships and social networks Groups and organisations Local environment and place Wider societal and global influences
Participation over time Critical moments Life stages Priorities • Some degree of fluctuation in the levels of intensity and frequency • Not one linear pathway • Participation is affected by changes in life stage, priorities and ‘critical moments’ • Some connections across different activities and through them
Why participation starts An emotional reaction A personal life event An external influence Groups and organisations Local environment and place Practical resources Learnt resources Felt resources Helping others Developing relationships Exercising values & beliefs Having influence For personal benefit Being part of something
Why participation continues or stops Friendships Life event Relationships Time Health Impact Enjoyment Energy
Conclusions Participation is personal People participate in ways that suit them, though it can be encouraged, supported & made more attractive Participation can increase over time but not automatically
Available from: www.pathwaysthroughparticipation.org.uk/resources
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