Effective social research uses multiple methods to capture multiple perspectives and generate robust outcomes.
Our range of social research services allows complex socio-environmental issues to be investigated using an array of techniques to capture the breadth and depth of stakeholders views and experiences. Our analytical experience allows solutions to emerge from the research data rather than preconceptions being confirmed. By allowing participants to help shape decision-making reduces disagreement and uncertainty and leads to more inclusive and durable solutions.
Collaborative research integrates local and specialist knowledge into projects to foster community driven, bottom up processes and facilitate the creation of collective knowledge.
Communities typically have in-depth understanding of their local environment and in collaborative projects, researchers and communities work together. This is particularly useful when:
Collaborative research tames the complexity of environmental issues by; acknowledging the complexity, working with multiple stakeholders, providing avenues for stakeholders input and facilitating ways for ideas and aspirations to be incorporated into decision-making.
Collaborative research is about working together in partnerships. Collaborative outcomes are more enduring and comprehensive than can be achieved through regulation alone, or even through consultation that may enable communities to be heard but prevent their full engagement.
As researchers experienced in collaborative research, we understand how to overcome the challenges of this approach.
These challenges may include:
To effectively manage these challenges, relationships must be built on a foundation of trust so projects can strive for a shared vision that captures the multiple perspectives and aspiration of all stakeholders.
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