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Social Science Research Opportunity
Applicants to apply before 12pm Friday 26 August 2016
Daughters of Fortune research brief: An exploration of learning disability and parenthood
Research paper / report deadline: End February 2017
Fee: A fixed fee of £6,000.
Research supported by Wellcome Trust
Production supported by Arts Council England
“Your ambition for impact on clinical practice and policy was singled out for particular praise: we are excited at this opportunity to support creative exchange across a diversity of professional disciplines and lived experiences.” – Comment from Wellcome Trust funding committee.
Mind the Gap (MTG) is England’s largest learning disability theatre company. We are seeking an experienced social sciences researcher to support an important piece of qualitative research around learning disability and parenthood.
As part of the research and development for a new national touring theatre production – Daughters of Fortune: Mia – MTG is conducting story gathering to find out real life experiences of learning disabled parents. These stories will feed into the production of Mia, which is touring the UK between September and December 2016. This process of story gathering is already underway.
Story Gathering by MTG means:
- MTG identify parents with learning disabilities in the community (storytellers) who are willing to share their experiences, either anonymously, credited, or on film
- A small team from MTG will interview each storyteller in person to capture their stories
- The team from MTG includes: a learning-disabled principle researcher and a writing mentor. A photographer and filmmaker will join this team if and when appropriate
Applicants invited to interview will also be sent:
- Appendix 1: interview guideline and prompts used by the MTG team to guide the content of the research
- Appendix 2: the consent form signed by each storyteller
- Appendix 3: An example story that has been gathered through the research.
Story Gathering will generate:
- A range of personal stories and experiences around parenthood in verbatim.
- Audio recording of the interview, with a full transcript.
- Depending on the negotiation with individual storytellers, photographs and video recording may be available.
What We Require:
We are seeking an experienced social sciences researcher to support the project by:
- Analysis of 8 to 10 verbatim stories collected by MTG from April – September 2016
- Establish a framework for evaluation of these stories, in collaboration with MTG
- Follow up with fieldwork and observation of specific storytellers if and when necessary/possible
- Produce an analysis of the verbatim stories in the form of a research paper, by end February 2017. The purpose of this paper is to draw externally analysed conclusions and recommendations from the research. We estimate that this paper may be 4-6000 words, however we are not restrictive about the size, content or methodology of this report.
The researcher will be employed and supported on a freelance basis through Mind the Gap. In addition (where appropriate) Danny Braverman from the Disability Research Centre at Goldsmiths University has offered 8 hours of support / mentoring to the successful candidate.
Accessibility: A core element of this project is to explore ways to make science and complex subject matters accessible to people with learning disabilities. We will work with the research partner to develop mutually approved accessible / easy read versions of the research paper and evaluation report.
Mind the Gap would be willing to discuss other appropriate elements of research that may be incorporated into the process to enhance an applicant’s own research (such as to support a specific PhD focus, etc).
We are looking for someone who is:
- An experienced researcher
- Interested in Disability and Social Sciences
- Structured in their approach to research
- Able to draw conclusions from a small range of in depth examples
- Complimentary to the existing skill set in the MTG team
Research paper and Evaluation report deadline: End February 2017
Fee: A fixed fee of £6,000.
Payment terms: 50% payable upon start of the project, 50% payable upon receipt of research paper and evaluation report.
To Apply: Please send a CV, Covering Letter and an example of your research / published writing
To: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mind the Gap Studios, Silk Warehouse, Patent Street, Bradford, BD9 4SA
Deadline: 12pm Friday 26 August 2016
Interviews: Will be held w/c 29 August 2016 Mind the Gap Studios, Bradford or via Skype
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