At the 2013 Knowledge to Action: Strategic Directions for CBR workshop, we hosted a session called “When Researchers Come Knocking: Strategies from Community-Based Organizations.” Here is a list of example documents referenced at that workshop to help you decide how you answer the door.
What to Ask When Researchers Come Knocking, by Carole Strike and Adrian Guta – Printed in CATIE’s Prevention in Focus online publication, this article is a great guide for community organizations on what questions are important to ask when researchers would like to partner with you.
Research Engagement Package from the Health Initiative for Men – This document is an example tool of an engagement guide that a community-based organization has created that researchers who are seeking letters of support or formal partnerships are asked to review to ensure that their objectives are compatible with the organization’s.
Principles of Collaboration from the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)- This document is a template for a type of memorandum of understanding called that is used to establish a set of principles that will guide the research process. In short, this document outlines the importance of incorporating cultural values and perspectives into the project.
Terms of Reference for the CAAN Youth Council – This document is an example of what a terms of reference can look like for an advisory committee, council, or research team. Having a terms of reference can help to guide the work of a group and ensure a common understanding of goals, membership, and objectives.
Guideline for Approval of PWN Involvement in Research Projects – The Positive Women’s Network asks researchers who approach them to fill out this document so that they can make a decision at the board of directors level on whether their organization will support and be involved in the project. Click here for a generic version of this type of document that PAN created for our members to use.