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ICPR Master Workshops 14
Title: Briefing for Plenary Participants
Speaker: Professor Mike Fisher
Abstract: This workshop will be used to prepare contributions to the plenary summary session by participants identified by Master Workshop leaders.
ICPR Master Workshops 15
Title: Developing Partnerships in Practice Research: The Joys and Frustrations of Relation Research
Speaker: Professor Christa Fouche'
Abstract: This workshop will provide an opportunity for practitioners and researchers to consider the benefits and responsibilities associated with relationship-based practice research. Participants will be encouraged to assess how they implement the research process and create structures for engagement, collaborative action and learning, and research mentoring that can make a difference in practice or potentially do harm. Four levels of engagement and the transforming potential of each will be highlighted: networking, coordinating, cooperating and collaborating. The degree of time involved, commitment, risk, interdependence, power and trust, and willingness to share territory will be considered through the use of practice examples, activities and group discussion.
ICPR Master Workshops 16
Title: Practice Research with Ageing Adults: Perspectives and Issues
Speaker: Professor Daniel Lai
Abstract: Countries across the world are experiencing rapid population ageing, and ageing adults face a range of changes associated with physical, psychological, cognitive, social, cultural, and economic wellbeing. In order to inform appropriate and targeted policy and practice interventions intended to support the wellbeing of ageing adults, there is a need for research approaches that explore the specific experiences of ageing adults as well as engaging ageing adults in the research process and ensuring they benefit from such engagement. Practice research approaches aim to incorporate practice into methodologies and outputs, which contributes to enhanced research knowledge as well as the wellbeing and empowerment of ageing participants. This workshop will address issues and consideration related to engaging ageing adults in practice research, and of individual and structural barriers to engaging of ageing adults in the process. It will also discuss the relevance of various specific practice research models for engaging ageing adults in collaborative knowledge generation and outputs. The workshop will conclude with an overview of future directions for practice research with ageing adults.
ICPR Master Workshops 17
Title:Practice-based Research in the Field of Rehabilitation: From Laboratory to Clinical Practice
Speaker: Professor Cecilia Li
Abstract: Rehabilitation professionals advocate the importance of evidence-based practice (EBP) which focuses a lot on lab-based experimental design, randomisation, use of control group, blinded assessors. However, in real life practice, there are various confounding factors arise during the course of the study which were hard to control, thus resulting in reduction of the statistical significance and level of evidence. The concept of practice-based research (PBR) is to inform practice decision-making with evidence drawn from practice rather than from the laboratory experiments.
The 512 Wenchuan earthquake has caused thousands of deaths and for those survived, had to cope with the lifelong disabilities both physically and mentally. Rehabilitation for these quake survivors remains challenging as there were inadequate manpower and resources to serve the huge demands from these survivors, not to mention whether the practice is evidence-based from the scientific perspective. The adoption of practice-based research has successfully and economically resolved the problems of insufficient manpower and resources. Survivors managed to get adequate rehabilitation services through experiences gained through practice and feedback from service recipients. This presentation will focus on the sharing of this practice based research work in 2015.
ICPR Master Workshops 18
Title: Practitioner Research: A Workshop
Speaker: Professor Ian Shaw
Abstract: The aim of this workshop is to provide opportunity for participants to engage with two questions. First, what do we know about the forms that are taken by practitioner research (by which I mean simply research where practitioners in social work and social care hold a central role in planning, delivery and application)? Second, what do we understand regarding the experience of doing research as a practitioner? I will draw on two research projects. The workshop tasks will be to consider and respond to two different forms of empirical evidence and come to shared judgements about the two central questions.
ICPR Master Workshops 19
Title: Conducting Practice Research Using Single System Research Designs
Speaker: Professor Bruce Thyer
Abstract: The workshop will provide an overview of the historical origins of Single System Research Designs (SSRDs) outside of the field of social work and of their introduction to our field over 50 years ago. The presenter will describe the fundamentals of SSRDs, and illustrate their actual use in clinical and macro practice, drawing upon his own published work and that of others, focusing on the social work literature. Real life examples will be used, initially reflecting simple designs, and then moving on to more sophisticated studies permitting legitimate causal inferences. Suggestions on how to successfully write up SSRDs for publication will be provided, as will handouts describing internet resources useful in learning how to create the graphs needed to display SSRD data. The limitations of this approach to practice evaluation will be discussed, and how some of these limitations may be overcome. Attention will be given to the ethical application of SSRDs.
ICPR Master Workshops 20
Title: Developing and Evaluating Social Interventions
Speaker: Professor Martin Webber
Abstract: The development and evaluation of social interventions requires considerable practice knowledge and diverse research methods. This workshop will explore the methods used in three studies to develop, evaluate and implement a social intervention which supports people with mental health problems to enhance their social networks (the Connecting People Intervention). Although developed in the UK, the intervention model has also been adapted for use in contrasting socio-economic and cultural contexts. We will discuss the processes involved in adapting and piloting this intervention in Sierra Leone and Nepal. Finally, we will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss their own practice research on social interventions.