[Cbrnet] Next Steps
aallen at isles.org
Tue Mar 18 07:44:43 CST 2003
Hello Cassandra, How are thing going with the project. Sorry I have been
out of touch. Anyway this is a copy of some principles my agency is working
on as we conduce research in the community. May they will be useful.
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Isles, Inc. values research as an important aspect of its business. Research
is conducted for several reasons.
Y To gain knowledge to improve Isles systems and programs.
Y To share knowledge with other communities and organizations.
Y To partner with communities and other organizations to address
Y To implement strategies that are uncovered by the research
Y And to evaluate the quality of life.
Isles has adopted a community based approach to conducting research within
it's organization and with the community. Community based research works
best when community and researches establish relationships that are
committed and extend beyond a single research project or funding period.
Also, Isles has developed a set of research principles (described below)
that will serve is the cornerstone of that partnership.
"Community-Based Research" is a collaboration between community groups and
researchers for the purpose of creating new knowledge or understanding about
a practical community issue in order to bring about change. The issue is
generated by the community and community members participate in all aspects
of the research process. Community-based research therefore is
collaborative, participatory, empowering, systematic and transformative
(Hills & Mullett, 2000).
Research built on strengths
Isles research begins with and builds on strengths and resources within the
community. Research will build on skills and assets of individuals, caring
and helping networks of social relationships, and mediating structures such
as churches and community-based organizations. Isles strives to identify,
support and enhance these strengths and resources that enable community
members to work together to improve community health and quality of life.
Expect equity in all aspects of the research process.
Isles emphasizes the development and maintenance of collaborative, equitable
partnerships, in which all partners share influence and control over all
aspects of the research process, starting with the identification by Isles
staff and community partners of the issues and concerns to be addressed.
Efforts to create equitable partnerships should include the creation of
structures and processes that facilitate sharing information,
decision-making power, and resources among members of the partnership, with
explicit attention to incorporating the expertise of Isles staff & community
Facilitation of co-learning and capacity.
Research projects should promotes co-learning and the reciprocal exchange of
knowledge, skills and capacity among all partners, with the goal of
enhancing the effectiveness of the total research effort, as well as
strengthening other endeavors in which partners are involved. For example,
researchers learn from the local knowledge that community members have about
their community's history, culture, politics and broader social context, as
well as from their administrative and management skills. Similarly,
community members may further develop skills in areas such as, conducting
research and evaluation, and grant proposal preparation, and smaller
community-based organizations may enhance their capacity to serve as
fiduciary for partnership grants.
Disseminates of results
Dissemination of research findings must include all partners involved, using
language that is understandable and respectful. Feedback of data occurs on
an ongoing basis and results are used to guide action towards, intervention,
education and/or policy activity. The dissemination of findings extends
beyond the partnership itself, and involves all partners as reviewers and
co-authors of publications, and as co-presenters at conferences. Any
publications resulting from the research will acknowledge the contribution
of participants, who will be consulted with prior to submission of materials
and. All participants will jointly agree on who has access to the research
data and where the data will be physically located.
Respect and recognition
Isles research projects are conducted according to the norms of
partnerships: mutual respect; recognition of the knowledge, expertise and
resource capacities of the participants in the process; and open
Research must have relevance
The Research must have a high degree of relevance to the community and/or
the work of Isles, Inc. Research question should be develop to provide
information that will be directly useful to the community and/or Isles
Balance between research and action
Research will seek a balance between research and action for the mutual
benefit of all partners. Community-based research aims to contribute to
knowledge related to the determinants of health and well-being while
combining and balancing that generation of knowledge with change efforts
that benefit the communities involved. Partnerships may agree that all
research efforts not involve an intervention component, but they commit to
the translation of research findings to intervention strategies that will
address the concerns of the community.
From: cassandra haraway [mailto:uwatc at yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 6:38 AM
To: cbrnet at coserver.uhw.utoledo.edu
Subject: Re: [Cbrnet] Next Steps
Before getting started on the Community Guide on CBR I thought that it would
be a good idea to determine some objectives for developing the guide so the
we can adequately address the needs and questions of the communities we
serve regarding CBR. Please email a list of specific objectives that you
feel are appropriate. After I have received everyones objectives I will
then compile them and email them to everyone on the committee. Have a
wonderful day and welcome aboard.
Alex Allen <aallen at isles.org> wrote:
Hello Jason & Cassandra B. I would love to work with you on the next steps
for CBRnet Principles & Mission as well as Community Guide to CBR.
Alex J. Allen, III
Vice President Community Planning & Research
Director, Trenton Center for Community Campus Partnerships
10 Wood Street
Trenton, NJ 08618
609-393-5656 ext. 24
aallen at isles.org
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