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Countryside connectionsOlder people, community and place in rural Britain$
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Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Robin Means, and Vanessa Burholt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310303

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310303.001.0001

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Connecting with older people as project stakeholders

Connecting with older people as project stakeholders

lessons for public participation and engagement in rural research

(p.221) Eight Connecting with older people as project stakeholders
Countryside connections

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Ray Jones

Janet Smithson

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This chapter gives an overview of policy and practice for public participation and engagement in England and Wales, and explores the rationale for adopting a participative approach to research. It describes the process used for involving older people in the Grey and Pleasant Land project and some of the challenges that this raised. We review the literature for using the internet to promote public participation in and engagement with research and describe how we used synchronous and asynchronous online methods in this project. This is followed by a discussion of their relative merits and how online approaches compare with face-to-face involvement. The chapter concludes with a series of reflections and recommendations for the involvement of older people as key stakeholders in rural research.

Keywords:   public participation, stakeholder engagement, older people, rural research, online research methods

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