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.