WHAT WE DO
As our global social contexts continue to present conflicts, tensions and stressors, they are layered with old and new variables everyday. Institutions and communities are questioning how to sustainably address the complexity of what we face. Through our global research arm, we are dedicated to working with marginalized communities, centering their knowledge, innovations and experiences. We are also committed to ethically bridging the work of institutions and organizations globally with communities.
HOW WE DO IT
Through three avenues we provide expert consultation, research and bridge building:
We approach consultation by first and foremost conducting research in specific areas for institutions and with communities to assess and understand a particular social issue. This maybe in the field and/or through secondary sources.
The second avenue is to consult and train an institution or organization on how to address and assess specific social issues and to integrate the experiences, perspectives and knowledge of particular social minority groups.
The third avenue is to implement or provide support and skills to projects.
GLOBAL RESEARCH APPROACH
Long-lasting social change begins with understanding the complexity of social contexts and relationships. That’s why hearing from people often unheard and uncovering complex realities is integral. We know that social change practices, public policy and strategies can be best shaped by original and collaborative research. Such an approach to research builds with the knowledge, skills and experiences of communities, groups and individuals, bringing forward their ideas, informed responses and engagement in social transformation.
Our ethics for research is principled in creating relationships of trust, respect and reciprocity with the institutions and communities we work with. In this way, our approach to qualitative and quantitative research design and data collection is to be actively responsive and malleable in the contexts we work in, with a disposition of learning, listening, humility and presence. We undertake data analysis bringing to bear what is both being said and unsaid, known and unknown, and official and hidden.
While our data collection, analysis and research outcomes are layered, we provide clear and concrete implications and recommendations for creating desired outcomes. Working with a range of data sources, our evidence is always triangulated with past and current research so that our analysis is rigorous and in dialogue with others. The strength of our research approach is that it is critical, intersectional and interdisciplinary.
Relational researchers are experts in analyzing and understanding how social variables, identities, forces and dynamics intersect to produce general and particular outcomes.
We bring together a diverse set of conceptual paradigms, methods and theories from a range of disciplines to understand a social issue and to design our research approach to addressing a need or problem.
Paying close attention to the role of power and power relations, our “critical” approach to research problems and solutions is to engage the historical, legal, political, social and economic roots of lived experience and variation in any social issue.
As researchers and social change practitioners we have over two decades of experience in the following
areas that we provide specialized expertise in:
- Gender Analysis, Justice and Integration
- Muslims, Ethnic Groups, Security and Social Challenges
- Peace and Conflict
- Movement, Refugees and Settlement
- Indigenous Justice
- Systemic Racism, Sexism and LGBTQAI exclusion
- Social Media, Social Movements, and Youth
- Health and Wellness
SOCIAL CHANGE PRACTICES
Partnering with communities and in social contexts to engage in ethical, collaborative projects and practices is something we feel is integral to making social change that has real life impact and deep and broad socially just outcomes that don’t reconstitute inequities. Relationships of trust, respect and learning are key to working with communities to be actively responsive to their social needs and challenges. Consequently we are invested in learning how groups and communities creatively respond to their social challenges and the ways we can support them and contribute to their projects. Where necessary we fill in gaps in skills, knowledge and expertise identified collectively. We also bridge relationships between communities and global institutions to collaboratively work on addressing social needs.