Weaving in outsider researchers
Each case involves one outsider researcher for two years. After a period of preparation and introduction, the outsider researchers look at interactions between the person with challenging behaviour and others, and how these interactions are formed by the cultural, social, and physical care context. They are guided in this by the principal investigators.
In this first phase, brainstorming is central. What stands out? What is going on? What is relevant to what is happening here, and what causes what? The outsider researchers are invited to form as complete a picture as possible of what they think is happening, and to describe the possibilities and difficulties they see.
It is essential to safeguard the outsider researchers from being influenced by the prevailing professional logic and expert knowledge; they are explicitly instructed by the principal investigators not to take these for granted. If desired, this process will be supervised in consultation with a support worker.