Action from Research
Your research process can be broken down into three phases:
Laying the Foundation for Research
- Plan how results of the research will be used for action and understand the impact of the results.
- Identify post-project roles of you and your partner.
- Identify key stakeholders interested in results.
- Brainstorm the dissemination process (roles, products and avenues of dissemination, etc.)
Capacity Building & Research Collection
- Find ways to increase research capacity of CBO for future research
- Train CBO staff on research, e.g. data collection and analysis
Finalizing your Research
- Data Dissemination
- Work to disseminate data to community and academic institutions
- Present at scientific or community conferences and publish scientific journals. Promote work through press releases, newsletters, local media, etc.
- Communicate findings to necessary stakeholders
- Adding to your Research
- Mobilize leaders and residents around an issue.
- Develop an on-going collaboration and design a longer-term work plan within the research partnership you created. Also identify additional stakeholders or partners.
- Identify program, necessary policy needs, etc.
- Maintaining Relationships
- Stay in regular communication with your partners.
- Continue to support your community partner outside of your research through publicizing and supporting their initiatives, advocacy work, etc.
- Give and get regular updates from your partner on research.
A Discussion on Equity v. Equality
- Equality, in the context of a research partnership, is where each party’s interests and desires are not only respected, but met to a reasonable degree rather than the dominance of one party’s needs. Furthermore, these interests and desires are continuously respected and upheld throughout the various stages of the research process.
- Equity, in the context of a research partnership, is when all parties are given what they need to succeed and flourish.