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Inclusive Research: Engaging People Closest to the Issue Makes for Better Science & Greater Impact; 2023 NIJ Research Conference Plenary

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This panel at the 2023 National Institute of Justice Research Conference plenary focuses on inclusivity in research.


In this video, a panel at the 2023 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research Conference plenary discusses what inclusive research is, how to conduct it, and what issues and challenges exist about engaging in it. “Inclusive research” has its history as a participatory research method designed to ensure people closest to the issue or problem under study are authentically engaged in the research process rather than simply being “research subjects.” While community-based participatory research has begun to take on greater prominence in the criminal justice realm, such efforts are largely confined to qualitative research inquiries. This panel makes the case that inclusive research can and should apply to a wider array of research questions and methods and that employing it can yield more accurate and policy-relevant evidence. Panelists will also engage in a “myth busting” discussion to address possible challenges to conducting inclusive research and how to overcome them. Participants include Nancy La Vigne, Director of NIJ; Linda Seabrook, Senior Counsel over Racial Justice and Equity in the Office of Justice Programs; Chas Moore, Founding Executive Director of a group in Austin called the Austin Justice Coalition; Henrika McCoy, the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Fellow in Services to Children and Youth at Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin; Ronald Day, Vice President of Programs and Research at The Fortune Society; and Megan Denver, Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University

Date Published: January 1, 2023