The award is the largest in VID's history. Researchers from both the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Health Sciences are involved.
– We will investigate conditions for user participation and what impedes user involvement when opportunities for autonomy and self-determination for various reasons are challenged, says the architect behind the project, professor Tor Slettebø at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Barriers to participation
The project will start in 2018 and last until the autumn of 2022. Five areas where vulnerable groups experience particular barriers to participation will be studied: Elderly with dementia, adults with intellectual disability, people with substance use problems, young immigrants and refugees in The Introduction Programme within the NAV system, and children and young people in low-income families.
– We want to identify factors that prevents these groups from becoming more active and participating in service delivery. For example; What obstacles prevents young immigrants from participating in developing efforts to lower the threshold enter the labour force? We will examine the challenges and conditions for participation across the service user groups. That's how we will learn from each other, says Slettebø.
– This is a really good news for VID, and the largest research grant we have ever received. The project is extremely important for VID, propelling knowledge development concerning vulnerable groups of people in the Norwegian society and factors that prevents them from taking their full potential as active and participating citizens. There is therefore reason to honor professor Tor Slettebø who has developed this project together with colleagues at VID in Oslo and in Sandnes and external partners at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and OsloMet, says vice rector Bård Mæland.
Multi- and interdisiplinary approach
Both employees at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Health Sciences at VID Oslo and VID Sandnes will work on the project. A PhD student will be recruited for the project, and several master students will write their master's assignments connected to the research.
– We also want to develop a master's course through collaboration with service users, practitioners and students, says Slettebø.
– The research findings will be disseminated through PhD courses and seminars, by blogging and twittering and by writing articles in international journals. Researchers from Denmark and England will also contribute, says Slettebø.