Brooks Building, Room 2.19


Brooks Building, Room 2.19
Bonsall Street, Manchester M15 6GX


31 Mar 2020


9:30 am - 4:00 pm

CANCELLED: Creative Research Methods Workshop

This training workshop has been organised by the Well-being, Health and Communities (WHC) Pathway, and is open to all ESRC and non-ESRC funded students from any of the seven interdisciplinary Pathways within the WRDTP partner universities.

The course introduces arts-based methods, research using technology, mixed methods, and transformative research frameworks such as participatory and activist research. Any or all of these techniques can be used alongside more conventional research methods. The morning will be made up of presentations and discussions including visual media; the afternoon will be hands-on time to try out several creative approaches (please see below for a full schedule of the day). Attention will be paid to ethical issues throughout. The day will include plenty of practical advice and tips on using creative research methods.

Workshop organiser

Dr Sue Caton

Research Fellow, Health, Psychology and Communities, Manchester Metropolitan University

As a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Change, my expertise is around qualitative research with vulnerable, at-risk or marginalised communities. I am particularly interested in research with people with learning disabilities, digital inclusion, inequalities and evaluation of community projects.

I am currently leading and working on a number of project that include:

Get SMART (Social Media Awareness and Resilience Training). Funder: ISD/Google Innovation Fund (2018) £32,371 Co-investigator
GM GOLD (Greater Manchester Growing Older with Learning Disabilities) (2018-20). Funder: Ambition for Ageing. £100K Co-investigator
Evaluation of ‘Let’s Have a Good Week’. (2018-20) Funder: Breakthrough UK/Big Lottery £5K Principal Investigator
Digital Inclusion for People with Learning Disabilities: A scoping review (2017-18). Internally funded. Principal Investigator

Prior to these projects, I have also worked on projects that have explored: dental care for homeless people, stroke survivors experiences of testing a haptic device designed to assist with symmetrical walking, healthy lifestyles for people with learning disabilities and the support staff that work with them, NHS provision of COPD services, witness support and community safety. I have also carried out a number of systematic literature reviews including: mindfulness and people with learning disabilities, social media use for people with learning disabilities, prehabilitation and assisted conception and management of depression in older people with osteoarthritis.

Workshop leader

Dr Helen Kara

Independant Researcher/ Author

Dr Helen Kara has been an independent researcher since 1999 and also teaches research methods and ethics. She is not, and never has been, an academic, though she has learned to speak the language. In 2015 Helen was the first fully independent researcher to be conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research, University of Manchester. She has written several books and journal articles on research methods and ethics, including Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide (2015, Policy Press).

This training session is open to all Social Science Research students however is most suited to those in their MA year or 1st year of PhD study.

There are 25 places available on this training workshop

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from these Pathway Specific Training sessions. The WRDTP cannot reimburse travel costs to these sessions.

Hourly Schedule


9.30am - 10.00am
Registration and welcome refreshments
10.00am - 10.15am
Welcome, introductions and expectations of the day
10.15am - 11.00am
Introduction to creative methods
Arts-Based methods presentation followed by group discussions and Q&A
11.00am - 11.30am
Research using technology
Presentation followed by group discussions and Q&A
11.30am - 11.45am
Comfort break
11.45am - 12.15pm
Mixed methods, transformative research frameworks
Presentation followed by group discussions and Q&A
12.15am - 12.30am
Video presentation
12.30pm - 1.15pm
1.15pm - 1.30pm
Individual Wok:
Creative Data Analysis
1.30pm - 1.45pm
Pair working:
Creative Data Analysis
1.45pm - 2.15pm
Small group work:
Designing Research
2.15pm - 2.45pm
Small group work:
Preparing a Presentation
2.45pm - 3.00pm
Comfort break
3.00pm - 3.45pm
3.45pm - 4.00pm
Q&A sessions