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Invitation for community research equity training study

Please consider participating in this research project for experienced community researchers. The information collected in this study will be used to develop training materials and summaries of the results will be academically presented/published to share with groups that conduct community research. Community researchers can be members of the community, academic researchers, or other professional researchers that partner with communities to conduct research. For example, this includes primary investigators, project coordinators, community leaders, community gate keepers, and community stakeholder advisory board members. Community research projects can be in any discipline (physics, environmental justice, health care, ecology, or something else). To participate in this survey, you are required to have experiences leading or organizing citizen science, participatory medicine, service learning, or similar research methods. All participation in this study will be online or by phone.
TITLE OF STUDY: Tools for intentional integrity, diversity, and equity in community research
Principal Investigator: Andrew Gow, PhD, Rutgers University Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Please contact Skye Kelty with any questions or to get further information.
For the 15 minute online survey, please email Skye Kelty to confirm eligibility (adult with over a year participating in community research in a decision-making capacity in academic settings, non-academic organizations, or in a non-professional role). If you are eligible, Skye Kelty will send you the link to review the consent form before deciding whether to participate.

After completing the 15 minute online survey, you will have an option to provide your contact information to be used for compensation with a $5 electronic gift card. Skye Kelty will reach out to you after the study to confirm receipt of compensation. You can reach out to Skye Kelty before participating if you have any questions or concerns about compensation.

After completing the 15 minute online survey, you will also have an option to provide your contact information to receive information about an interview followup and pilot testing for the training materials.
Feel free to share this invitation with other folks you know that conduct research in partnership with communities and non-professional researchers (like citizen scientists). We are placing special effort in recruiting community partners and non-professional researchers and would appreciate referrals. We have materials for participation in English and Spanish.
Skye Kelty, PhD
postdoctoral fellow
Rutgers University Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute
Co-chair Integrity, Diversity, and Equity Working Group of Citizen Science Association

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