Tensions in Making Research Accessible within Disenfranchised Communities

This lightning talk was given at the the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Hosted Gathering “Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship,” held on 19 January 2019 in Victoria, BC.

This talk focuses on the Making Research Accessible Initiative (MRAi), which was formed in response to a pattern of over-research in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Community members expressed concern about the burden on their time in participating in these studies – while at the same time not seeing the benefits of their participation (either in access to the research, or in practical change as a result of the research). This work lead to the creation of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) Research Access Portal (RAP), a knowledge exchange platform designed with input from DTES neighborhood members.

You can read more about the story of the creation of the MRAi and the DTES RAP and even teach this story as a case study using “Understanding community-university knowledge exchange : A case study of the Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi)” (an open educational resource (OER) module and instructor guide), which can be found at this link.

View the presentation slides: Tensions in Making Research Accessible INKE 2018

Lightning talk: DeForest, H., Freund, L., McCauley, A., O’Brien, H., Smythe, S. & Towle, A. (January 10, 2018)Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship. Victoria, BCLightning talk presenter on, “Tensions in Making Research Accessible within Disenfranchised Communities: The Utility of Scholarly Communication for the Downtown Eastside Community in Vancouver, British Columbia.”