- Set the research agenda. Clarify and drive your own research priorities in the short and long term.
- Build research projects, partnerships, funding asks, etc. around these priorities.
- Leverage other research institutions’ interest in your region or community to answer your own research questions, needs, and priorities.
- Develop research protocols and agreements that outline processes for obtaining consent, respecting cultural and community requirements, and meaningful engagement.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Resources in chapter Conduct Research
True community-engaged research occurs when members of communities and research-based institutions collaborate throughout the research process towards shared outcomes
Collaborative community research
Section: Why develop research partnerships?
The Tracking Change website has links to downloadable forms for undertaking research, including participant information sheet, participant consent form, guiding interview questions, field trip waiver template, and field activities plan template. Access these forms here:
Tracking Change Research Toolkit
The Herring School is an inter-disciplinary cross-cultural effort supported and funded by Tula Foundation, involving diverse groups, including First Nations, non profit organizations, universities and schools. Those involved come from diverse backgrounds, training, and communities, and are linked in their passion to learn about the ecological and cultural importance of Pacific herring and to share this knowledge broadly. It connects traditional and western scientific knowledge, gathers data from the past and the present, and works with individuals from diverse communities. Learn more about the school and herring here:
Partnering for Herring Research - Herring School
Section: Why establish a research protocol?
Developing a Research Protocol
The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador undertook the development of a research protocol to offer their communities a reference guide that would enable them to better monitor the various activities and numerous demands related to the research carried out in their territories. Find this resource here:
First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Research Protocol
The Northern Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) has developed a comprehensive set of research guidelines for the indigenous organizations and land owners they work with. Find this resource here:
Guidelines and Protocols for the Conduct of Research
The Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department has developed an excellent example of a Research Application that sets the agenda for all research conducted on their lands and waters. It describes a clear application process and set of guidelines for proposed research requests. Find this resource here:
Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department Research Application
This toolbox is a series of articles written by several different authors on research ethics in an aboriginal context. The principles outlined are: ethics, respect, fairness, reciprocity, collaboration and culture. Find this resource here:
Toolbox of Research Principles in an Aboriginal Context
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