Why is user participation so difficult to attain in health and welfare services? The proposed project aims to develop knowledge about challenges and conditions for participation for groups of service users that experience special barriers to participation. The project will include case studies aiming to study implementation of innovative models for participation and user involvement in professional practice, in education of professional practitioners and in research. The five case studies involve services in health and welfare services for the following groups:
1. Elderly people with dementia 2. Adults with intellectual disability 3. People with substance use problems 4. Young immigrants and refugees 5. Children in low-income families
The project will also include multi-method study of impact (including a PhD-project) and outcomes. The case studies will be based on a collaborative practice research approach involving service users and professional practitioners, educators and researchers from VID Specialized University (VID), Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA) and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).