Reaching the hard-to-reach: the challenges of a community operational researcher

Jackson, Jennifer (2006) Reaching the hard-to-reach: the challenges of a community operational researcher. OR Insight, 19 (2). pp. 4-10. ISSN 0953-5543

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Abstract

Health inequalities and offending are issues that
have raised considerable interest fmm policy
makers, practitioners and the research
communi~ as they seek to understand the
causes and the potential solutions to their
redress. A research 'gap' nevertheless exists in
that whilst successive reports have identified
vulnerable groups who are most likely to offend
and have 'poor' health outcomes, there is limited
'field' research amongst these groups
traditionally considered 'hard to reach'. As.this
paper explores in 2003 the Community
Operational Research Unit (CORUj was invited
to evaluate a Healthy Living Centre (HLC)
within Lincolnshire Probation and this provided
an exceptional opportunity to examine the
problems through a sustained 'engaged' research
project. What became evident as the HLC and
the research emerged were the challenges and
rewards of community operational research as
much as the issues rhat were intensively
explored.

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Additional Information:Health inequalities and offending are issues that have raised considerable interest fmm policy makers, practitioners and the research communi~ as they seek to understand the causes and the potential solutions to their redress. A research 'gap' nevertheless exists in that whilst successive reports have identified vulnerable groups who are most likely to offend and have 'poor' health outcomes, there is limited 'field' research amongst these groups traditionally considered 'hard to reach'. As.this paper explores in 2003 the Community Operational Research Unit (CORUj was invited to evaluate a Healthy Living Centre (HLC) within Lincolnshire Probation and this provided an exceptional opportunity to examine the problems through a sustained 'engaged' research project. What became evident as the HLC and the research emerged were the challenges and rewards of community operational research as much as the issues rhat were intensively explored.
Keywords:Operational research
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:871
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:08 Jun 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:24

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