Innovative Research Model

The Institute on Race and Justice structures its research on an innovative community based participatory research model. This innovative model is a research and advocacy partnership, which identifies community practitioners as authentic partners throughout the entire research process; including the expertise of community practitioners into the methodology design process, the data collection and analysis process, and ultimately in determining what the products of the research are and how they are to be used. This model recognizes the legacy of academic researchers who have historically asked for community participation (i.e. time and energy), but haven’t given much back to these communities often not even sharing the results of their work. As a result, communities have become rightfully suspicious of academics “coming in” to communities to “do research on them,” The IRJ model works from another set of starting points and presumptions: