Session: Emergent Methods in Community-Engaged Research (Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference - Social Work Science and Complex Problems: Battling Inequities + Building Solutions)

All in-person and virtual presentations are in Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST).

SSWR 2023 Poster Gallery: as a registered in-person and virtual attendee, you have access to the virtual Poster Gallery which includes only the posters that elected to present virtually. The rest of the posters are presented in-person in the Poster/Exhibit Hall located in Phoenix A/B, 3rd floor. The access to the Poster Gallery will be available via the virtual conference platform the week of January 9. You will receive an email with instructions how to access the virtual conference platform.

SSRPCB-5 Emergent Methods in Community-Engaged Research

Thursday, January 12, 2023: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM
Encanto B, 2nd Level (Sheraton Phoenix Downtown)
Bailey Stevens, BA, University of Oklahoma, Claudette Grinnell-Davis, PhD, University of Oklahoma and Amy Castro, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
This workshop for scholars at any career stage focuses on using emergent technological methods with populations experiencing new forms of inequality and alienation due to marginalization by global markets and impersonal policy subsystems in ways that prevent collective organizing, create legislative invisibility, and generate mechanisms of inequality that long-standing research approaches are poorly suited to address. Likewise, community-based researchers often encounter challenges in understanding phenomena not amenable to quantitative measurement, particularly around community process, social location, and time. These dynamics create methodological gaps that mixed-methodologists address through promising power-sharing and emergent technological approaches, but the strategies employed are not well understood by the systems governing research infrastructure. The workshop will present best practices for resolving common ethical and IRB tensions, data-use agreements, and managing expectations around public-facing emergent methods. The presenters will draw from case studies in child welfare, unconditional cash, and time-use research. Case study one focuses on using online collaboration tools for building consensus and collective vision during two participatory action child welfare projects. The second focuses on data-visualization of aggregate spending data from unconditional cash experiments co-created with elected officials, community organizers, and local stakeholders. The third highlights how a mixed-methods app-based data collection strategy was used to resolve methodological challenges when studying time-use, economic mobility, and unpaid care work. Hour one will focus on strategies for mitigating the community and infrastructure challenges commonly encountered with emergent methods. In hour two, participants will have the opportunity to workshop and troubleshoot their own projects with facilitators.
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