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ADRC-NI Public Engagement

At ADRC-NI, we believe in the importance of research connected to the community. Public Engagement leads to better research. 

Meet the Public Engagement team

ADRC-NI has a dedicated Public Engagement and Communications Officer, Elizabeth Nelson Gorman:

Elizabeth has worked in a variety of roles in research and engagement in the community and voluntary sector, and was a co-author of one of Northern Ireland's first research projects into young people's relationships with the police, which worked directly with young people in local communities to design and deliver the project.

Elizabeth's role is to connect the public and community with academic researchers at the ADRC-NI, enhancing research impact and developing research partnerships, and develop and deliver ADRC-NI's public engagement strategy.

Working with the community, voluntary and social enterprise (VCSE) sector

ADRC-NI focuses our public engagement on working with experts in their local communities and fields - community and voluntary groups. These groups will have many years of experience working in a specific area – youth issues, women’s movement, mental health, justice, to name but a few – and a deep understanding of their subject area, how it affects their stakeholders, and where the gaps in evidence lay. Designing research that addresses those evidence gaps could not only potentially provide VCSE groups with much-needed evidence to inform advocacy and service delivery, but would also ensure that the research community is using public data to address society’s most pressing issues, the commitment we have all made to work for the public benefit.

We support and facilitate the development of research partnerships between the VCSE sector and academics. Research using this method – often called co-production – means research projects get the expertise of a career researcher with a deep understanding of data and its power, with the intricate and nuanced grassroots experience of a VCSE group in touch with its core constituency. 

One of the ways we support these partnerships is by working with the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) to run a series of data workshops with specific research themes. The first workshop looked at carers and caring, the second on mental health, and the third at reproductive rights and health.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Nelson, Public Engagement and Communications Officer, on

Page last updated: 17/10/2017