Collaborative research partnerships in the community- a paper

Lang, C., L. Stillman, H. Linger, J. Dalvean, B. McNamara, J. McGrath and R. Collins (2012). “Collaborative research partnerships in the community.” Information, Communication & Society 15(7): 1081-1105.

This paper, in part, talks about the Doing IT Better project.

Working with community partners on research projects where the community members are part of the research team presents its own challenges. The challenges include the possible mismatch of expectations between academic team members and community members, as well as in defining the different roles people play, and managing the process. This paper reports the experiences and insights gained from working with community members involved in two research projects. The two projects were the Digital Divas project, involving the creation of a girls’ only information technology (IT) elective which has been implemented in a number of schools, and the Doing IT Better project that involved building IT capacity in the Victorian community service sector. Two community members from each of the projects are collaborators in this paper and provide the community perspective on this kind of research. Issues around concordances and discordances of academic research processes with a community’s own ways of knowing, creating, managing and disseminating knowledge and information are discussed. The roles of community expertise, along with expectations regarding relationships and interactions are also explored.

This paper appears as Lang, C., L. Stillman, H. Linger, J. Dalvean, B. McNamara, J. McGrath and R. Collins (2012). “Collaborative research partnerships in the community.” Information, Communication & Society 15(7): 1081-1105.

The Journal is copyright restricted and all that, so here is the prepublication ms.

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