The intent with MaCE is to develop an open-access training package including a handbook, which can be used by other students, academics and external stakeholders to support them in engaging more effectively with marginalised young people.
The handbook is a key element of the training package (IO2), which draws upon the empirical research undertaken in the project, and will translate the findings for the practical application of the method. The handbook contains descriptions of how to apply the methodological approach when carrying out research projects with marginalised young people and offers clear guidance regarding pitfalls, challenges and best practice examples. The handbook is produced online for a broad audience so that the approach can be applied to multiple contexts. Key external stakeholders, academics and student/ co-researchers may use this handbook to support their learning and application of the ‘indirect approach’.
An important element in the handbook is the focus on ethics, both in terms of ensuring that all researchers follow ethical guidelines/ procedures prior to conducting research with vulnerable participants, and in terms of managing complex ethical dilemmas during the research process. This handbook will also offer guidance on how to manage the practicalities of undertaking research with marginalised informants. In addition to all educators within the project partnership, student co-researchers will also contribute their knowledge and experiences of applying the ‘indirect approach.
The handbook is an open access educational resource (OER) on the project website (IO7). Sustainability will be secured as the package is adapted and developed by a range of stakeholders in accordance with the creative commons licence. The dissemination of this resource through an OER repository will also enable the transferability of this resource to other settings.
The development of the training package and the handbook will be underpinned by student/ co-researcher experience and will include case studies and key academic sources which have transnational appeal and significance as well as PP, Padlets, videos and other learning materials.
The goals of innovation are to provide an OER training-package that presents a highly original and innovative research methodology and provides guidance and advice for undertaking ethical research with marginalised young people.