Conducting research in schools: lessons learned from experience

Fiona Farringdon, N McBride, Richard Midford

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Issue addressed: In Western Australia, schools are extremely popular settings for conducting research involving young people. Due to the increasing number of research studies competing for time on the school's agenda and that the first priority of schools is the education of their students, it is often difficult to encourage schools to participate in research projects. Therefore, successful recruitment strategies must go beyond pure research considerations and address the diverse needs of the school. Discussion: Based on the experiences of two large research projects in Western Australia, this paper examines the processes used to successfully recruit and retain participation by 87 schools over a number of years. Practical recommendations are provided regarding effective recruitment and retention strategies that may be used or easily adapted by other health professionals who wish to conduct research in schools. So what?: Given the importance of evidence based health promotion strategies designed for young people, it is crucial that schools be retained settings for research. Therefore, it is vital that researchers ensure the research experience for the school is a positive one. Recruitment and retention strategies that maximise the benefits and minimise the costs to the school will assist in making the experience positive, thereby increasing the likelihood that schools will be receptive to future requests to participate in research projects. (author abstract)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes


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