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Peer Research

The ONSIDE project concluded at the end of November 2022.  However, you can still use all of the ONSIDE online resources including the Community Hub and the ‘How to videos’ on our ONSIDE YouTube channel.

What was Peer Research? 

The ONSIDE Peer Action Research project was steered and conducted by people with lived experience of disability and was coordinated by Dr. Emma O’Neill and Clare Bennett.

Peer research was a type of research method in which people with lived experience of the issues being studied took part in directing and conducting the research.

Peer researchers brought the expertise of their own lived experiences. Their knowledge and inside understanding of the issues being studied enhanced the quality of the research findings to ensure research outcomes are relevant and effective.

What were we researching? 

We carried out research in two areas:

  • Information mapping for the ONSIDE online disability community platform and Access Directory.
  • Exploring how people resolved disabling barriers and challenges in their lives (watch Dr. Emma o’Neills’s explanation video on the left).