APLE Collective have been working with the Ada Lovelace Foundation since 2021 on a piece of participatory research that addresses digital inequalities in Health. APLE Collective members have become Ada LoveLace-trained Peer Researchers working alongside others within their communities to gather experiences of how the digital divide has affected health inequalities. This research was recently concluded and APLE Collective hosted an event that shared our learning from the research during APLE Month in June.
“We used a ‘peer research’ method with APLE Collective members – where they conducted interviews in their own communities and networks – for our report on communities and networks – for our report on access to access to digital healthcare. This was so beneficial because the peer researchers were able to bring their lived experience expertise to the project, and had that important contextual knowledge and trust within their communities to gather in-depth insights from participants. Our work with the APLE Collective has really demonstrated the benefit of public participation research involving collaboration and co-production.”
Senior Researcher (Health & covid technologies)
Ada Lovelace Institute
Policy briefing: Access denied?
Inequalities in data-driven health systems and digital health services.