In order to cultivate safer communities and challenge societal assumptions, advocates need real data.
Gender-based violence persists despite decades of dedicated effort to bring it to an end. In the absence of good evidence, decisions with life and death consequences are too often made on instinct or assumption.
We advance understanding by:
- promoting researcher and practitioner partnerships.
- distributing quality, community-based action research.
By stimulating meaningful collaboration between academic researchers and practitioners, we advance the understanding of the causes and consequences of abuse.
Narrowing the gap between theory and practice allows us to drive the work to become more evidence-based and the research to become more context informed, resulting in the creation of more effective strategies for change.
How We Narrow The Gap
- Applying Theoretical Research at the Grassroots Level
Research that might guide action is typically theory-based and written in complicated, academic language. Findings seldom include actual recommendations for changes in practice. Brief translations of research articles and suggestions on their applied use enhances the potential for evidence-based practice.
- Evaluation of Research Methods and Outcomes
Local providers, activists and advocates are not always equipped to assess or challenge controversial findings. Critical review and distribution of research findings prepares communities to determine the value of current studies.
- Advancing Multi-Level Collaboration
Advocates and survivors are regularly invited to spend time helping researchers, but rarely invited to help shape research agendas or interpret findings. Forums that bring researchers and practitioners together provide opportunities to build equitable partnerships at all levels.
- Increasing Data Accessibility
Service providers often struggle to obtain relevant, community-based research to help them best serve their clients and advocate for new public policy. Most research is not readily available in public libraries. Locating and/or informing practitioners on where to where to find relevant, quality research increases access to evidence-based guidance for the development of strategies and programming.
- Advocacy for Applied Research
Theoretical research is generally more valued than applied research in academic circles. Research agendas are driven by the interests of funders, limiting the choices for individuals conducting research. Informing and supporting practitioners in advocating for research that can directly move their work forward is critical.