Session: Methodological and Logistical Considerations when Conducting Research in International Settings (Society for Social Work and Research 14th Annual Conference: Social Work Research: A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES)

103 Methodological and Logistical Considerations when Conducting Research in International Settings

Cluster: Social Work Practice

Flavio Marsiglia, PhD, Arizona State University , Stephen Kulis, PhD, Arizona State University , Tanya Nieri, PhD, University of California, Riverside , Steve Hoffman, Arizona State University and Carlos Calderon, Arizona State University
Saturday, January 16, 2010: 10:00 AM-11:45 AM
Pacific Concourse M (Hyatt Regency)
This roundtable provides an overview of the International Initiatives program being conducted by the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC). SIRC is an Exploratory Center of Excellence funded by The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD). Faculty and graduate students from SIRC will give an overview of the international research program and will provide specific examples of projects being conducted in partnership with colleagues in Mexico, Spain and Tanzania. The research projects and research training activities in each international location evolved in unique ways that were based on the needs of the local faculty and communities. Specific examples of successes and challenges faced by the different international partnerships will be provided in the form of lessons learned.

The roundtable will be divided in the following sections:

1) Rationale: Why get involved in international research and research training? How do both parties benefit?

2) How did we start? How does one make international connections? How do we maintain the partnerships over time and across very long distances?

3) How do we fund the different international initiatives? US resources, international partner resources, or mixed resources. NIH and European Union resources.

4) International scholar exchanges as a means to solidify the working relationship and get to know each other. Examples of existing funding opportunities. Description of the ongoing SIRC International Research Scholars Exchange Program.

5) Summary descriptions of selected projects: Mexico: Monterrey and Guanajuato; Spain: Sevilla and Santiago de Compostela; Tanzania; Arusha.

6) The tool box of international research collaborations. How to translate (linguistically, culturally, methodologically) intervention research. IRB issues. Research infrastructure or lack of. Training challenges. Safety concerns. Political issues.

7) Lessons learned. What worked, what has not. What we will continue to do and what we will not do again.

8) Question and answer period focusing on the interests and plans of the participants.

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