Boston Civic Media is a faculty-led network that aims to advance the transdisciplinary domain of civic media research and pedagogy in the Greater Boston Area. This initiative shares knowledge, promotes engaged research, and builds relationships among academics, non-profits, community-based organizations, government leaders, practitioners, and students. Our faculty steering members come from more than ten different institutions across Boston.

Twitter Chat on Mutually-Beneficial Research Partnerships

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What does it take to create and sustain trustworthy research collaborations for the common good? Each sector contributes valuable assets to project collaborations. For example, academics can offer data analysis skills, local NGO’s often bring community buy-in to the table, and government agencies catalyze political will for social change. But working across disciplines and organizations has it’s own challenges of differing capacities, timing expectations, and resource allocations. These challenges are amplified by implicit power dynamics that impact project outcomes.

Join nonprofits, researchers, government agencies and more in discussing best practices for equitable research partnerships for the upcoming Twitter chat. Share communication and data strategies, stories, hopes and struggles for the power of collaborations in creating social change.

A Community Approach to Research: A #BostonCivicMedia Twitter Chat Thursday February 23rd, 3pm EST Be sure to include #bostoncivicmedia in your tweets to be part of the conversation

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The Memorandum of Understanding for Mutually Beneficial Relationships was born out of a need to create greater symmetry between academic researchers and community organizations as research subjects. Through research conducted by the Engagement Lab, Eric Gordon and Liat Racin found that many community organizations feel a sense of asymmetry when it comes to decision making, access to data, and communication with researchers. To address this gap in inclusiveness in the design and execution of research, the Engagement Lab developed a template document intended to generate conversation between researchers and community organizations to establish more equitable power relationships in the community research experience.

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Boston Civic Media is a faculty-led network that aims to advance the transdisciplinary domain of civic media research and pedagogy in the Greater Boston Area. This initiative shares knowledge, promotes engaged research, and builds relationships among academics, non-profits, community-based organizations, government leaders, practitioners, and students. Our faculty steering members come from more than ten different institutions across Boston. Higher education institutions and numerous community partner organizations are linked through our syllabi directory and quarterly convenings. We offer support to this budding network through project as well as event coordination. This initiative is housed at the Emerson Engagement Lab and led by professors Catherine D’Ignazio, Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis with coordination from Becky Michelson. It is made possible by the Teagle Foundation and Microsoft Civic Engagement.

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