Sunday, 17 June 2018

#SeeMe Lived Experience Research Collective: promoting their own voices; peddling their books

I didn't enjoy the Lived Experience Research Collective launch of their Untapped Potential report on Wednesday 13 June at the Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde.  It took me a few days to recover, to get my energy back, was drained on Thursday.

What bothered me most was the exploitation of vulnerable people.  I witnessed this on Wednesday.  Spoke out, got silenced.  By Mrs Syrett.

Tweets written this morning:

"Michel Syrett has combined a career as a writer on business and management in the Times, the Sunday Times, Management Today, Director, Asian Business, and the South china Morning Post with academic research for business schools such as Cranfield and Roffey Park. He is author of 20 books and reports, including three published by The Economist, the most recent of which is Managing Uncertainty" from Amazon

[My opinion: Mr Syrett is apparently an experienced academic researcher and writer on business management.  However he's not up to the mark when doing mental health action research.  The Untapped Potential research was poor, only 20 people in 6 focus groups, no one-to-one interviews or indepth recording of people's views.  Rather it was the Research Collective voices which were heard, the loudest of those his.  And peddling his books via the Research Collective .org website is a step too far, shameful self promotion.]  
Scotland deserves much better mental health user/survivor led research so that we can hear a wide range of voices reflected in reports not just the researchers.


14 June 2018: FOI request: Untapped Potential research, report, funding; "The Foundation"

16 June 2018: VOX Scotland "peer research": ever decreasing circles; out of kilter

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