What is peer research?
Peer research is research that is led and carried out by people with lived experience of the topic being studied.
When a young woman is interviewed by another young woman like her, she will feel comfortable speaking openly about her experiences without fear of being judged or misunderstood. Using this method we can learn more than we ever would in a traditional interview.
The government usually decide their policies based on official statistics that don’t give a breakdown for young women or other intersectional differences. With peer research, combined with data, we are building a unique evidence base on young women’s lives to call for the change that young women need to achieve economic justice.
In one of my first interviews, I spoke to a single mum who was caring for a young baby and other family members. At the end of our call she got a bit emotional and thanked me, saying that it was the first time she’d been able to talk freely to someone about how difficult things were.Mattea, Research Centre Associate