Recovery Research Network (RRN)

Aims of RRN

The aims of the RRN were agreed at the first meeting in April 2009:

1 To create new, robust research around recovery

This will involve conceptual and empirical work, importing critical tools from a range of disciplines (eg anthropological, historical, philosophical, sociological) and perspectives. Preliminary topics include conceptual understandings of recovery, methodological approaches, empirical studies, and approaches to changing organisation culture and professional practice. Specific tasks may include collaborations to produce new grant applications, holding events with international speakers, providing a meeting-point for researchers from different scientific areas (eg health services research, wellbeing, social inclusion, identity) to develop collaborative links, or cosupervising PhD students. A particular (but not exclusive) focus will be on developing evidence through randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews about key recovery domains (eg hope, empowerment, identity, personal responsibility, meaning, etc) with the goal of informing clinical guidelines and changing the policy and practice culture.

2 To increase access to existing research around recovery

This may involve the development of a web-based resource of academic studies and internet resources, holding conferences or workshops to disseminate findings, or creating accessible syntheses of research.