About the procject
The title of the project is “Service development and citizenship for persons with need for care”.
This is a public PhD, funded by the Norwegian research council, and thus collaboration between a municipality and VID. The overall research question for the project is “How to safeguard citizenship and self-determination in developing new practices for collaboration between persons with need for care and their service providers?”
The chosen research topic is relevant mainly because of the need for a stronger focus on human rights for people with disabilities (NOU 2016:17 2016). The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UnitedNations 2020) was made to identify human rights as rights for all, and it can be read as critique of a Human rights system not managing to include all (Skarstad 2019, s.91).
The research strategy for the project stands in the field of participatory action research (PAR) and inclusive research (Nind 2014, Chevalier and Buckles 2019, Walmsley and Johnson 2003). By definition, action research is dialogical, inclusive and relational (McNiff 2017). It is also in itself participatory, taking action together with others (Chevalier 2019).
The data collection method is dialogue conferences (Hauger and Arntzen 2003, Folkehelseinstituttet 2016). There will be arranged four conferences within about a year. A dialogue conference has its basis in the principle that people with different background and positions should come up with solutions together through dialogue (Hauger and Arntzen 2003). A main goal with dialogue conference is to shift the power balance, and that all participants can learn from the process. Being a service development project, it is a goal to find a new way of cooperating that can be used further in the municipality. It is also a goal that the data will say something about what factors that promotes self-determination and cooperation.
Master in Social studies from University of Stavanger