Rapid, remote and responsive research during COVID-19

Richardson, Jane ORCID: 0000-0002-8230-7537, Godfrey, Barry ORCID: 0000-0002-4119-5137 and Walklate, Sandra ORCID: 0000-0002-1628-9713
(2021) Rapid, remote and responsive research during COVID-19. Methodological Innovations, 14 (1). p. 205979912110085.

Access the full-text of this item by clicking on the Open Access link.


<jats:p> In March 2020, the UK Research and Innovation announced an emergency call for research to inform policy and practice responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This call implicitly and explicitly required researchers to work rapidly, remotely and responsively. In this article, we briefly review how rapid response methods developed in health research can be used in other social science fields. After outlining the literature in this area, we use the early stages of our applied research into criminal justice responses to domestic abuse during COVID-19 as a case study to illustrate some of the practical challenges we faced in responding to this rapid funding call. We review our use of and experience with remote research methods and describe how we used and adapted these methods in our research, from data gathering through to transcription and analysis. We reflect on our experiences to date of what it means to be responsive in fast-changing research situations. Finally, we make some practical recommendations for conducting applied research in a ‘nimble’ way to meet the demands of working rapidly, remotely, responsively and, most importantly, responsibly. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law and Social Justice
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2021 07:58
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 22:50
DOI: 10.1177/20597991211008581
Open Access URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2059...
Related URLs:
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3120283