How to Embed a Racial and Ethnic Equity Perspective in Research: Practical Guidance for the Research Process

How to Embed a Racial and Ethnic Equity Perspective in Research: Practical Guidance for the Research Process

A working paper developed by Child Trends with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation offers step-by-step guidance to social science researchers looking to apply a racial/ethnic equity lens in their research and achieve more equitable outcomes for children, families, and communities. Based on interviews with researchers, funders, and policy makers who have integrated racial/ethnic perspectives into research and evaluation, the report, How to Embed a Racial and Ethnic Equity Perspective in Research: Practical Guidance for the Research Process (35 pages, PDF), provides tools and concepts designed to help researchers think more critically about how to collect, analyze, and present data and avoid masking disparities experienced by different racial/ethnic groups, including five guiding principles: examine your own background and biases; make a commitment to dig deeper into the data; recognize that the research process itself affects communities and that researchers have a role in ensuring research benefits communities; engage communities as partners in research and give them credit; and guard against the implied or explicit assumption that white is the normative, standard, or default position. The paper also outlines how to apply these principles in each stage of the research process: conducting a landscape assessment to better understand context and engage community stakeholders in shaping the research; developing a research design and data collection method with buy-in from the community; analyzing disaggregated data and, where possible, involving the community in data interpretation; and disseminating actionable findings in in formats that are accessible to the community and that it can use to address the issue.

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