Inclusion Research Handbook

Ontario Women's Health Network

Developed by OWHN and our Count Us In! project partners, Inclusion Research is conducted by and for women who are marginalized to ensure their voices inform the development of health policy, programs and research. At the centre of this methodology are Inclusion Researchers, marginalized women who are trained and employed to participate in all aspects of the research, including project design, data collection and analysis and results dissemination. Inclusion Research unites the framework of Inclusion (developed by Health Nexus) with the experience of listening to women (gained by OWHN through conducting focus groups), and the methodology of training people who are homeless as researchers (pioneered by AMRP). It is a valuable methodology to explore a diverse range of issues experienced by people who have experienced marginalization. Inclusion Research is a meaningful way of engaging with women who have experienced marginalization in community-based research. It has proven to be effective at actively involving visible minorities, immigrants, youth, low-income women, women with disabilities, women who have experienced male violence, women with mental health issues, and other marginalized groups whose voices often go unheard. Inclusion Research creates partnerships within the local community particularly with other community-based organizations and provides a way of listening to the voices of women who have experienced marginalization.

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