Collaborative research as an anti-poverty tool: A research partnership between police and indigenous Australians

Eversole, R and Routh, R 2005, 'Collaborative research as an anti-poverty tool: A research partnership between police and indigenous Australians', Development in Practice, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 631-642.


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Title Collaborative research as an anti-poverty tool: A research partnership between police and indigenous Australians
Author(s) Eversole, R
Routh, R
Year 2005
Journal name Development in Practice
Volume number 15
Issue number 5
Start page 631
End page 642
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper reports on a collaborative research project that shows how participatory social research can be used as a strategy for combating social exclusion. The Crime Prevention Partnership Project brought together dominant and disempowered groups to explore social issues of mutual concern and identify potential solutions. Indigenous Australian undergraduate students played a central role in this project, working with the police as customer service trainees and with the university as members of a project research group. This project became an opportunity to train and empower new researchers who, as people from disadvantaged groups, brought their own knowledge, concerns, and worldviews to a research process that they helped design and carry out themselves. The result was a learning process for all involved, referred to here as multi-directional empowerment. It led to tangible bridge building between mainstream, powerful institutions and a disadvantaged community. The project process offers a model for using participatory research as a framework in which to address development issues.
Subject Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) community development
indigenous communities
DOI - identifier 10.1080/09614520500128661
Copyright notice © 2005 Oxfam GB Routledge Publishing
ISSN 0961-4524
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