Monday, April 20, 2009

Researchers and participants required for LGB&T in the North West


The North West Development Agency and partners have commissioned ECOTEC, an independent research and consulting organisation to undertake a research project to look at the views and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in relation to employment, business and enterprise, education, and health. This work will help to inform the Agency’s work on understanding the needs of everyone in the region and ensuring they have access to the same opportunities. They are looking for members of the LGB&T communities to tell them about their experiences.

Researchers - ECOTEC are looking for 15 people aged 18 and above from the LGBT community to work as researchers to carry out interviews with Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans people in the North West. They are particularly keen to include a diverse pool of community researchers and seek to recruit from BME communities, disabled people, men, women, older people and trans communities.

If you would like to work on this project as a researcher they would like to hear from you. The work will involve you carrying out individual interviews and focus groups with people from the LGBT community.

Ideally you will have experience in interviewing – this need not have been in a research context. They are more concerned with your ability to be sensitive to the issues which LGBT people can face. Full training for the project will be provided. Researchers will be paid a fee per completed interview/focus group amounting to approximately £120 per day.

Community researchers role in the project is expected to take 4-5 working days in total. The work will take place between April and June 2009. The research study as a whole will conclude in July 2009 with a final report to the NWDA. You will be able to undertake the interviews at times which are convenient to you and the interviewees.

Participants - Diversity within the region’s LGBT community is recognised and ECOTEC are particularly keen to hear the views of BME communities, women, men, disabled people, older people and trans people. Participants will be asked to take part in face to face interviews or focus groups, which will relate to work and employment, business and enterprise, education, and health issues, looking at the issues arising and opportunities that exist. ECOTEC would like to hear from LGBT people aged 18 and over, from all across the North West region. The research will be completely confidential and you will not be identified within the results.

Your views will provide important information to help improve the economic opportunities and support available for LGBT people in the region.

If you would like to take part in this research, either in an individual interview or in a focus group, you will receive £20 cash as a thank you for taking part. The research will take place in May-June and will be carried out by a trained researcher from the LGBT community (see above).

If you are interested in either of these opportunities or would like more information please contact:

Nicola Hall
Project Manager
ECOTEC Research and Consulting Ltd
Vincent House, Quay Place, 92-93 Edward Street
Birmingham B1 2RA
Tel : 0121 212 8879
Email Nicola.Hall @ (removing the spaces)

Jackie Fox
Project Researcher
ECOTEC Research and Consulting Ltd
31-32 Park Row
Tel : 0113 290 4109
Email Jackie.Fox @ (removing the spaces)

No comments: