What would it mean to “properly understand” power in research? What abilities do we have as researchers to bring about change? Are we using our power “correctly?” These questions will guide our exploration for this webinar. We will provide conceptual frameworks for thinking about what power means for researchers and walk attendees through a process for how to engage in power-sharing at different points along the research cycle.
Specifically, we will reflect on our positionality and then assess how these confer power and privilege and manifest in the research. From this foundation of understanding, we will provide concrete examples of ways to start or continue power sharing with the communities we research. Throughout the webinar, attendees will be invited to practice applying the concepts to a specific project. This self-awareness is crucial for integrating equity into our research and evaluation practices. The final product will be concrete action steps and strategies to identify sources of power and ways to leverage them in research.
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