Recent years have seen an increased recognition of the need to involve people with lived expertise in campaigning, research and policymaking. While this work is important, it is certainly not easy. It needs to be pursued sensitively, and in a way that recognises the resources required to do it justice.

This toolkit aims to help readers embark upon or refine their work with people with lived experience (also referred to as taking a participatory or co-produced approach). It provides eight ‘top tips’ and practical examples about how to undertake participatory work.

Changing Realities is a collaboration between parents and carers, researchers at the University of York, and Child Poverty Action Group.
Changing Realities is funded by abrdn Financial Fairness Trust.
Changing Realities' sister project is Covid Realities, which ran from 2020 to 2022, and was funded by the Nuffield Foundation
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