The Inclusive Community Based Research Group (ICBRG) is a network of researchers with a shared passion for collaborative and inclusive research that benefits the community. The group supports staff and postgraduate research to work with community partners to conduct research that is accessible, inclusive, empowering and works to return research results in an accessible form. To find out more, please contact Dr Lyn Phillipson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
People are much more likely to respond to a research approach which actually recognises that they have assets and skills and knowledge that they can share to make a difference in their own lives and in their own communities.
I'm Dr Lyn Philipson I'm an NHMRC ARC dementia fellow and I'm also the leader of the Inclusive Community-Based research group.
We find in working with more marginalized or disadvantaged communities that relationships is really important so we tend to make relationships with people we meet with them lots of times and then we design different types of research methods that really tries to capture the voice of these types of group.
This type of research is really important in trying to engage those people who are most at risk in our educational systems, in our social care systems, in our criminal justice systems and also in our health systems, so that we are building programs and understanding the experience of those programs from the perspectives of those groups.
In our research we use what we call participatory research methods so we try and use methods that actually encourage the voice of the groups that we're working with, so that starts right from the very beginning.
We believe that the research that we're doing and that the methods that we're developing really are the most effective ways of working with communities. We do work a little bit differently we're a community of practice so we're about sharing knowledge but we're also about sharing practical skills.
If our research was to make a difference it would be through the inclusion and empowerment of vulnerable communities to create a more equitable society.
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