Challenges of collaboratively conducting research have been compounded during the pandemic. DV/SA agencies and service partners have been strained by rising demands for services, evolving public health protocols, and depleted resources, often leading to reduced capacity for participating in research. Furthermore, the United Nations has advised not conducting research directly with survivors residing with abusive partners during the pandemic due to the absence of adequate safety protocols, so avenues for collecting ongoing surveillance and qualitative data have been constrained.
The purpose of this roundtable is to facilitate a conversation regarding concrete strategies for facilitating reciprocity and mutuality across the research process from project conceptualization to data collection to analysis to dissemination. The discussion will integrate relevant elements of community-based participatory action research (CBPR) that can (and should) be translated across multiple study designs. We will discuss general considerations for partnering with organizations and tribal entities and tailored recommendations for crisis situations like the global pandemic or natural disasters. Based on our community-engaged research experiences, the presenters will each discuss different setting environments from mainstream and culturally specific DV/SA organizations, low-income Southern communities, tribal-serving organizations, and international development settings.
The changing global context brought on by the pandemic presents a critical opportunity for the Social Work field to assess and adapt our standard research processes. The presentation will add considerably to social work's knowledge base by moving beyond a general discussion of the ethics of working with community-based partners and tribal entities to having a more nuanced discussion on strategies for developing mutually beneficial research partnerships. While these approach have long been used in CBPR, there is considerable room for nurturing more authentic engagement for all Social Work scholars conducting community-based DV/SA work.