About the project
The PhD project is part of the Challenges of Participation project at VID, where the purpose is to develop knowledge about participation in vulnerable groups. Participation is an important value in Norwegian health and social services. It has proved difficult to measure and say what "impact" participation has for vulnerable groups such as people with dementia, people with substance abuse problems, refugees, mental retardation and children in low-income families. The project focuses on how these selected vulnerable groups participate in health and social services, how their "impact" can be understood and evaluated. There is a desire to find indicators that can help form the basis for a way of evaluating participation. The project establishes citizenship, empowerment, participation and power as central perspectives.
The first part of the project is a literature review, designed as a scoping study. The purpose is to elucidate what the literature describes as "impact" of participation, as well as how participation is evaluated and described in the various fields. Knowledge from this study will be brought into the next step in the project. In the second part of the project, semi-structured interviews will be conducted with representatives of user organisations. The purpose is to investigate what the representatives experience as participation, how they view the "impact" of participation, how this can be evaluated and which indicators they experience as meaningful in an evaluation.
Master's degree in health and empowerment, OsloMet
CHAPAR (Chellenges of participation)