Research Methodology and Community Participation: A Decade of Indigenous Social Science Research in Canada
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Those engaged in community-based participatory research often comment on tensions between social scientific and community values, yet little systematic evidence exists about the relationship between social science research methodologies and community participation. We analyze nearly 500 peer-reviewed articles published between 2005 and 2015 on Indigenous issues in Canada, where policies encourage participatory research methods with disempowered groups. We find that research that includes Indigenous participation is more likely to include Indigenous epistemologies and participatory evidence sources and analysis methods. We also find that peer-reviewed research involving Indigenous participants often fails to go beyond minimum levels of consultation required by policies.
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