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Reaching the hard-to-reach: the challenges of a community operational researcher

By Jennifer Jackson


Health inequalities and offending are issues that\ud have raised considerable interest fmm policy\ud makers, practitioners and the research\ud communi~ as they seek to understand the\ud causes and the potential solutions to their\ud redress. A research 'gap' nevertheless exists in\ud that whilst successive reports have identified\ud vulnerable groups who are most likely to offend\ud and have 'poor' health outcomes, there is limited\ud 'field' research amongst these groups\ud traditionally considered 'hard to reach'. As.this\ud paper explores in 2003 the Community\ud Operational Research Unit (CORUj was invited\ud to evaluate a Healthy Living Centre (HLC)\ud within Lincolnshire Probation and this provided\ud an exceptional opportunity to examine the\ud problems through a sustained 'engaged' research\ud project. What became evident as the HLC and\ud the research emerged were the challenges and\ud rewards of community operational research as\ud much as the issues rhat were intensively\ud explored

Topics: N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:871
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