After more than ten years of working with marginalized communities, strategic guidelines for good practices for online research methodologies have emerged. In summary, these good practices include:

  • Partnering with intermediary organizations to conduct research in their member communities.
  • Establishing and supporting collaborative, longterm, respectful relationships.
  • Using a wide range of online tools creatively, appropriately and effectively – including social media, videoconferencing, websites and mobile tools – to maintain partnerships and to gather, protect and share information and traditional knowledge.
  • Ensuring ownership, control, access and possession of the research data and that local knowledge remains with the communities and the people.
  • Integrating local worldviews and epistemologies into all aspects of the research by creating a process to meaningfully involve local scholars, knowledge keepers and community members.
  • Learning and growing with the community throughout the entire sharing process with the effective use of interactive, two-way communication technologies.
  • Sharing the research data with the communities in co-produced reports and presentations that are useful to them.
  • Working with the communities to build local capacity to use and sustain research in the future.
  • Developing and delivering research training and resources required by the community.
  • Co-presenting research results including coauthoring papers and articles ensuring local ownership of the stories and knowledge.
  • Working with the community to leave a lasting product that contributes to local well-being and future opportunities.
  • Working with intermediary organizations on action to make structural changes through better regulations and policies benefiting all marginalized communities.

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