PRICE is a project put together by a team of people from University of Southampton and Barod Community Interest Company. PRICE is a pilot project funded by the Web Science Institute.
We are exploring whether an online TimeBank can solve some problems for people doing inclusive research with people with learning disabilities.
matters to people with learning disabilities
involves people with learning disabilities and academics working together
respects everyone involved
There are some practical problems with inclusive research:
There isn’t an easy way for people to meet each other and decide to work together
People in an inclusive research team often don’t get the same pay or status
There is often no money to pay for parts of the research, like writing grant applications
A TimeBank is a way of matching people who have something to offer with people who want something. We think an online TimeBank might solve some of these problems. To explore this idea we have been busy:
doing a lot of reading and thinking
listening to other inclusive researchers
listening to people who are good at making websites easy for everyone to use
developing a prototype Timebank to test our ideas and get your feedback.
Please take a look at our online prototype (links to new window). This is a draft site to explore the potential of an inclusive research timebank. Feel free to offer feedback as we want to develop it further.
Melanie Nind: I am involved in this project because I am concerned about inclusive research. I have tried to do research inclusively and talked with other people too as part of a previous study. I have a good sense of the problems and when Barod people talked about TimeBanks I could immediately see the potential. I am interested to see if people, technology and ideas can come together to make real progress with some thorny challenges.
Sarah Parsons: I am part of this project because I am very interested in how we might be able to solve the problem of involving people who do not work at universities in research projects. I have worked with people with disabilities in previous research projects. The issue about how to best support their participation always – quite rightly – comes up. I have talked to other researchers about this too and know that they have had the same discussions. I’m really interested in hearing from others about how we can design and develop an online TimeBank that might help to solve some of the problems.
Andrew Power: I am interested in researching how people with disabilities experience their everyday lives and policy that tries to bring about change on the ground. It is often difficult to find or make contact with people to participate in research or to check their views on a particular issue. I am very aware that people often give up their own time to take part in research. I am hopeful that a TimeBank would encourage people to more freely participate and get something back in return.
Clare Hooper: I am part of PRICE because I am interested in inclusive computer interfaces, in other words making websites and other software usable by everyone. I am also interested in understanding how technologies like the Web can improve people’s lives, by letting us build things like online TimeBanks. It would be impossible to do this well without people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines working together: PRICE brings those people together.
Barod Community Interest Company is a workers cooperative based in Wales. We grew out of the People First movement.
We believe in making public life inclusive for everyone. This includes making research inclusive.
We think it is wrong to say people are equal but then pay them differently or treat them differently.
We think a TimeBank may be a good way to put this right.
We are really happy that Southampton University liked the idea and wanted to work with us.
We would value your feedback on any and all aspects about the PRICE project (see ‘Why do we need you?’ page for more).
On this page, you can click on the ‘comment’ button below to leave your ideas, suggestions and even criticisms about the use of TimeBanking for inclusive research. Each comment that is left will help build up our ‘ideas bank’ and inform our research decisions.