PARTNERSHIPS FOR EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: School of Medicine

Abstract

Inequalities between different groups in society can be created and maintained by public services such as healthcare, education and local government. Discrimination within these services results in poorer access to services, worse outcomes and non-representation in decision-making. This kind of exclusion from public services is in turn linked to higher levels of poverty and unemployment, poorer health and less capacity to influence how society is governed compared to other social groups. This project will establish partnerships between communities that experience such exclusion, organisations that represent their interests, policymakers and academics to challenge the status quo and give these communities a voice in public service planning and decision-making.

We will create a Partnership between five international research projects covering 21 countries in Africa, Asia and North America, to identify common solutions to the above issues. We will make recommendations from the evidence that is already available on how public services can become more inclusive of disadvantaged groups in society. We will provide funding to test out some of these solutions on a small scale and see whether these have the potential to reduce the inequalities that some groups experience. This will help lay the ground for larger-scale research that evaluates the most promising solutions that could work across a range of disadvantaged groups and a range of countries.

This collaborative research will produce:

1) a policy briefing on evidence-based strategies that support public services to work fairly for everyone
2) an overview of recommended research methods and gaps in current evidence
3) two international workshops to discuss how and where inclusion strategies might work in practice
4) four to six pilot studies in low and middle-income countries supported by an international partnership
5) pilot reports describing methods and findings from each pilot study
6) recommendations about which potential solutions could be developed into a larger scale proposal and
7) an academic publication and accessible report bringing together knowledge from the individual pilots and highlighting a future research direction

Our Partnership aims to create a significant development in the field of research on equality and inclusion in society by bringing together researchers from different academic disciplines and by crossing public sector boundaries. We aim to produce new knowledge in and supporting contributions to diverse streams of evidence and publications with global relevance.

Planned Impact

Impact will be achieved through learning opportunities, capacity building activities and the outputs from our international workshops and pilot studies and we are particularly focused on impact for members of excluded groups. Partners will ensure identified strategies and recommendations align to current policy, practice and community priorities to support maximum impact at local, national and international levels.

We anticipate that impacts from these activities will include increased understanding amongst all stakeholders of evidence-based approaches to social inclusion in public service settings. Learning opportunities will be facilitated within the partnership and between institutions and contexts through the knowledge exchange opportunities provided by international workshops and pilot study activities. Project activity will identify and promote socially inclusive practices within institutions and also highlight factors contributing to inconsistent, poor or discriminatory practice. This knowledge will be of benefit to all partners involved and to socially excluded populations in general. The research will strengthen and extend the international multisector networks involved, fostering evidence transfer between diverse disciplines and contexts and significantly increasing understanding of processes relating to the implementation of equity interventions.

Briefing papers and partnership support for pilot projects will result in capacity building for all stakeholders involved, strengthening research skills and promoting delivery of inclusive public services. Early career and doctoral researchers will benefit from the ambitious and innovative programme of work with more experienced colleagues as well as from capacity-building and networking opportunities such as evidence synthesis, international workshops and stakeholder engagement. Links to other networks and large research projects, including other GCRF funded strategic networks and studies to which partners are affiliated will widen individual and research group contacts. A number of other networks and projects relating to peacekeeping and education in conflict zones, health, urban development and transport inequalities have formal links with Co-is on the partnership and will collaborate on overlapping areas of interest. We will share our findings with members of these other partnerships and promote these to contribute to their outputs. Dissemination will target a variety of audiences and promote adoption of successful pilots to stimulate local, national and international action. We will link to other projects and networks that we identify or already work with eg Health Equity Network India, RinGs gender consortium and ARISE Hub for informal urban settlements.

Partnership activity will support academics to draw on and contribute to diverse streams of literature eg health sciences, education, peacebuilding and development studies, as well as implementation science, which currently pays sparse attention to population and system inequalities. Cross fertilisation of approaches developed in the individual projects that make up the Partnership will produce multidisciplinary perspectives and knowledge that cross public sector and disciplinary boundaries. This aspect of the project is ground breaking in that it addresses the lived experience of social exclusion in a holistic way rather than reproducing the fragmented perspectives that monodisciplinary approaches commonly produce. The partnership has potential to create a step change in the field of equity research, crossing disciplinary and public sector boundaries and supporting contributions to diverse streams of evidence and publications with global relevance. The pilots developed will inform future research proposals with significant policy and practice impact. This facilitated joint work will provide a solid foundation for continued engagement between Partnership participants after the project ends.

Publications

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Description Our Evidence Synthesis has been used to shape the design of eight pilot projects that involve policymakers, public service practitioners, NGOs and members of excluded populations in developing inclusion interventions to increase the effectiveness of public services and policy and enhance quality of life and health in socially excluded groups. Stakeholders will come together during this process to hear first hand about the issues affecting such groups and design sustainable solutions that can be evaluated.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description Equality and Human Rights Commission Expert Panel - Inquiry into the experiences of lower-paid ethnic minorities working in Health and Social Care
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/inquiries-and-investigations/inquiry-racial-inequality-health...
 
Description UKRI/AHRC GCRF Assessment Panel - Urgency Grants Scheme Innovation Awards/Case Studies on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/covid-19s-impacts-on-disabled-people/
 
Description UKRI/AHRC/UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Advisory Group
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://ahrc.ukri.org/documents/calls/gcrf-disability-highlight-notice-version-1-0/
 
Description Identifying and mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on inequalities experienced by people from BAME backgrounds working in health and social care
Amount £510,867 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/V009931/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2020 
End 01/2022
 
Description Using digital health to transform the management of long-term conditions in the NHS: Assessing real-world patient experience and empowerment and improvements to productivity and capacity - research grant
Amount £2,200,000 (GBP)
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2021 
End 03/2024
 
Description ARK Foundation 
Organisation ARK Foundation Bangladesh
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public service
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description ARK Foundation 
Organisation ARK Foundation Bangladesh
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public service
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description ARK Foundation 
Organisation ARK Foundation Bangladesh
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public service
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description Centre for Community Health Research 
Organisation Centre for Community Health Research (CCHR)
Country India 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description Centre for Community Health Research 
Organisation Centre for Community Health Research (CCHR)
Country India 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public service
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description Centre for Injury Prevention and Research 
Organisation Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area and contributing to a pilot research project https://www.ciprb.org/partnerships-for-equity-and-inclusion
Impact .
Start Year 2020
 
Description Change Managers International 
Organisation Change Managers International
Country Nigeria 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description HAKI 
Organisation HAKI Africa
Country Kenya 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area and contributing to a pilot research project
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description HERD International 
Organisation HERD International
Country Nepal 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area and contributing to a pilot research project https://www.herdint.com/projects/43/read-more
Impact .
Start Year 2020
 
Description Hanoi University of Public Health 
Organisation Hanoi School of Public Health
Country Viet Nam 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description Kenya National Commission on Cohesion & Integration 
Organisation National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC)
Country Kenya 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description Leeds Beckett University 
Organisation Leeds Beckett University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Raising Silent Voices - led by Dr Rachel Julian at Leeds Beckett University Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2020
 
Description NIMHANS (Mental Health & Neuroscience) 
Organisation National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
Country India 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area and contributing to a pilot research project
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description Nazarbayev University 
Organisation Nazarbayev University
Country Kazakhstan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area and contributing to a pilot research project Conference presentation - University of the Punjab, Pakistan Culturally Adapted Therapy for Muslims with Depression December 2020, 200 people, Pakistan, policymakers (main) plus postgraduates, third sector, professional
Impact .
Start Year 2020
 
Description Nonviolent Peaceforce Myanmar 
Organisation Nonviolent Peaceforce
Department Nonviolent Peaceforce, Myanmar
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area and contributing to a pilot research project
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description Nubian Rights Forum 
Organisation Nubian Rights Forum
Country Kenya 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description Socially Inclusive Cities Network partner - Kenya 
Organisation University of Nairobi
Country Kenya 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitation and development of an international network to explore and raise the profile of ethnic and religious inclusion in public services
Collaborator Contribution Held national and international workshops to facilitate and develop country level activity in relation to the Network's aims. Supported dissemination activities
Impact Kenya country report: Socially Inclusive Cities
Start Year 2017
 
Description Socially Inclusive Cities Network partner - Nigeria 
Organisation University of Nigeria
Country Nigeria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supported/trained partners to review literature, hold innovative workshops, develop country reports and future research agenda and trained/collaborated on writing publications from the project
Collaborator Contribution Carried out all above activities. Held high-level meetings with policymakers to ensure relevance and obtain support for the future agenda, including various Ministries of Health, Education, Minority Affairs and Social Welfare
Impact Country report and future research agenda; two publications in preparation for high impact journals
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Bristol 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Cape Town 
Organisation University of Cape Town
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Nairobi 
Organisation University of Nairobi
Country Kenya 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Nigeria 
Organisation University of Nigeria
Country Nigeria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Ulster 
Organisation Ulster University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services'
Collaborator Contribution The Political Economy of Education Research (PEER) Network - led by Professor Alan Smith Community Experience of Conflict in Haiti - led by Professor Siobhan Wills at the University of Ulster. Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of York 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise and training in the research area, intellectual input and leading international network of networks on equity interventions in public services
Collaborator Contribution Surveys for Urban Equity - led by Dr Helen Elsey at the University of York Intellectual input and expertise in the research area
Impact .
Start Year 2020