The ALLIANCE works with partners to support and promote peer research in Scotland.

Since 2015, the ALLIANCE, Public Health Scotland, and the Centre for Health Policy at Strathclyde University have developed an exemplar partnership to promote participation and co-production in health and human rights, including peer research. The HHR Partnership has successfully delivered several important activities and as a result has delivered positive outcomes and impact. It has developed, supported, and promoted a model of peer/participatory action research; carried out several peer research projects; raised public awareness of health and human rights and had an impact on human rights policy and practice.

CLEAR (Community Lived Experience Action Research) is one of our joint projects. CLEAR supports and promotes the use of peer research to influence change, bringing benefits to peer researchers, communities, and all relevant stakeholders.

Our vision is human rights for all through peer research.

Our mission is to use peer research partnerships to positively influence human rights based policy and practice.

Our objectives are to:

  • Empower people to form an active collective of peer researchers and change influencers to inform influence policy and practice.
  • Develop a model of excellence for peer research.
  • Provide the infrastructure to support and promote the use of peer research in Scotland to influence changes in policy and practice.

Why peer research?

Peer research is ideal for researchers who are committed to co-developing research with people rather than for people. It enables collaborative working between people and organisations.

Peer research focuses on social change that promotes democracy and challenges inequalities. It is context-specific, often targeted on the needs of a particular group, and involves an iterative cycle of research, action and reflection. It can help everyone involved gain a greater awareness of the situation in order to take action.

What CLEAR does

To find out more, including how to get involved, please contact Lucy Mulvagh, Director of Policy, Research and Impact at

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