Conceptualising quality in co-produced research

Marilyn Howard*, Helen Thomas-Hughes

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Co-produced research is said to create new knowledge through including the perspectives of those traditionally excluded from knowledge-production, which in turn is expected to enhance research quality and impact. This article critically examines academic and UK voluntary sector literature concerning participatory and co-produced approaches to explore how quality is currently understood in co-produced research. Drawing on Early Career Researchers’ experiences of a programme of co-produced research, the authors illustrate how theory and practice of co-production can differ, and the implications for conceptualising ‘research quality’ within co-produced research. Drawing on debates within qualitative research, community work and policy studies, the article outlines a potential framework for raising questions of ‘quality’, co-produced by research partners as part of the research process. Key dimensions of this framework are process, outcomes and autonomy.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalQualitative Research
Early online date2 Jun 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jun 2020


  • co-production
  • collaborative research
  • community-university partnership
  • participatory research
  • quality
  • validity
  • reflexivity
  • early career researchers

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