Resources in chapter Conduct Research

Tipsheet

Tips for Research

  1. Set the research agenda. Clarify and drive your own research priorities in the short and long term.
  2. Build research projects, partnerships, funding asks, etc. around these priorities.
  3. Leverage other research institutions’ interest in your region or community to answer your own research questions, needs, and priorities.
  4. Develop research protocols and agreements that outline processes for obtaining consent, respecting cultural and community requirements, and meaningful engagement.
  5. Engage the community in research whenever possible. Build in processes for community to inform the research design and approach, to benefit directly from research activities, and to learn from research findings.
  6. Don’t get side tracked by researchers and research agendas that do not align with your own research priorities. You have limited time and resources, so focus on what is most important to you.
  7. Delineate a clear role for your guardian program and staff in conducting research. Determine when and how it makes sense for guardians to be involved in research and when it doesn’t.
Worksheet

Overview Worksheet - Conduct Research

This worksheet provides a series of questions to help think through how you might conduct research and/or collaborate on research as part of your Indigenous Guardian program. Download it now

Section: Why be proactive about setting the research agenda?

True community-engaged research occurs when members of communities and research-based institutions collaborate throughout the research process towards shared outcomes

Megan Adams, Researcher, University of Victoria
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Collaborative community research

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Collaboration: The Key to Community Based Research

“True community-engaged research occurs when members of communities and research-based institutions collaborate throughout the research process towards shared outcomes,” writes Megan Adams and her co-authors in a recent contribution to the “Toolbox of Research Principles in an Aboriginal Context: ethics, respect, fairness, reciprocity, collaboration and culture.”

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Collaboration: The Key to Community Based Research

Section: Why develop research partnerships?

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Spirit Bear Research Foundation: Research Rooted in Indigenous Knowledge and Community Values

Section: Why establish a research protocol?

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Developing a Research Protocol

This worksheet provides questions to think through as you develop a research protocol that provides guidance and clarity for researchers conducting work on your lands and waters. Download it now

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Developing a Research Protocol

Section: How to evaluate and respond to research requests?

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Responding to Research Requests

This worksheet will help you to assess a research proposal or request by determining if the proposal aligns with your community’s values, supports your Indigenous Guardian program’s research needs and priorities, and will have positive outcomes for your community. Download it now

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Responding to Research Requests