Helen Kara

Helen Kara
We Research It Ltd

BSc, MSc, PhD

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Introduction
Indie researcher since 1999 specialising in research methods, social care and health. Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences. Visiting Fellow, UK National Centre for Research Methods. Associate Research Fellow, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham. Board member, UK and Ireland Social Research Association. Books: Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners: A Time-Saving Guide (2012), Creative Research Methods: A Practical Guide (2015).

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Publications (47)
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Including contributions on qualitative and digital research from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas, this volume explores the creative and thoughtful ways in which researchers have adapted methods and rethought relationships in response to challenges arising from crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, disasters or violent conflict.
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Autism is often viewed as an impairment, preventing Autistic individuals from achieving success in the world. We argue that, Autism can be an enhancement, particularly in some professional contexts, including qualitative research. However, Autistic people experience higher rates of unemployment and underemployment (lower skills/part-time). The soci...
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This Research Note applies the concept of ‘resilience’ to explore how Neighbourhood Networks in Leeds in the UK – 37 local community organisations supporting older people – responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights how understanding resilience as a capacity that can be absorptive, adaptive or transformative helps describe the response of co...
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Co-authored by an international team of experts across disciplines, this important book is one of the first to demonstrate the enormous benefit creative methods offer for education research. You do not have to be an artist to be creative, and the book encourages students, researchers and practitioners to discover and consider new ways to explore t...
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As researchers have begun to adapt to the continuing presence of COVID-19, they have also begun to reflect more deeply on fundamental research issues and assumptions. Researchers around the world have responded in diverse, thoughtful and creative ways - from adapting data collection methods to fostering researcher and community resilience, while al...
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As researchers continue to adapt, conduct and design their research in the presence of COVID-19, new opportunities to connect research creativity and ethics have opened up. Researchers around the world have responded in diverse, thoughtful and creative ways -adapting data collection methods, fostering researcher and community resilience, and explor...
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This open access article has now been published online in Volume 2 of the Forensic Science International: Synergy Journal. The article is free for you to access via https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsisyn.2019.09.009. Abstract: Much good quality research by pre-doctoral students and case-work focused practitioners remains unpublished. However, their find...
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This article reports on a U.K. workshop on social media research ethics held in May 2018. There were 10 expert speakers and an audience of researchers, research ethics committee members, and research institution representatives. Participants reviewed the current state of social media ethics, discussing well-rehearsed questions such as what needs co...
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This short comic was inspired by research into research methods pedagogy conducted by the UK National Centre for Research Methods. It is designed to support the teaching of qualitative interviewing. The comic is open access, print-ready, and there are instructions for successful printing in this post https://helenkara.com/2018/06/12/conversation-wi...
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Methodologies such as participatory, feminist, or co-produced research aim to democratise research practice. These kinds of methodologies are devised and embraced by activists as they work to shift the balance of power. Activists and researchers can be uneasy bedfellows, and trying to be both activist and researcher can lead to identity confusion a...
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The ethics of research representation are rarely discussed. Yet representation can have a significant impact on research participants and audiences. This paper draws on some of the limited body of accounts of ethical challenges experienced in representing others in qualitative research. These accounts make clear that researchers often have to choos...
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This article reports on an attempt to use photo-elicitation to explore contested intergenerational perceptions and experiences of 'place' in one English village. Participants actively disrupted the photo-elicitation project and ended up co-creating an enriched research design that allowed them to represent how they experienced ‘place’. The somewhat...
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This chapter argues that evaluations of work by third sector organizations can play an important role in the context of social welfare today. Evaluations serve as rhetorical tools in policy debates as well as tools for illustrating how and when social value creation takes place. The continued development of evaluation models that focus on evidencin...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to assess the impact of a mental health carers’ research reference group on mental health research in the Heart of England region. Design/methodology/approach – The methodology was a co-produced participatory evaluation, and the research was co-produced by the group. The design involved a literature review...
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G:Up was a unique regional third sector infrastructure network that aimed to support all voluntary organisations working with children and young people in the West Midlands. It was conceived in 2000 and funded from 2003 to 2012. This paper tells the story of G:Up. Two of G:Up's main aims were: to work collaboratively throughout the region in genera...
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Third Sector Research Centre Working Paper 110
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PhD thesis - partnership, emotion work, storytelling and narrative
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Third Sector Research Centre Working Paper 126
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Aim: Tackling health inequalities is a top priority for public health services in England. Third sector organisations, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), are seen as having a key role in providing these services, particularly to the socially excluded, often dubbed 'hard to reach', for whom services must be provided if health inequalities ar...
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Purpose ‐ The aim of the research is to assess the extent and value of mental health service user (MHSU) involvement in research in England. Design/methodology/approach ‐ This is a knowledge review, including academic and "grey" literature, and documented testimonial evidence. Findings ‐ The involvement of MHSUs in mental health research has become...
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This paper aims to explore the scope of fiction writing in academic research as a way of studying “messier” aspects of the process, such as emotion. The author reflects on her “lived experience” of conducting doctoral research, five years earlier and researched for the paper, by composing a fictional narrative that aims to capture some of the emot...

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Exploring ethics of doing research, care and creativity in research, broadening the reach of research ethics