Research Principles

Questions of health equity and social inclusion cut across the work of many faculties and community-service organizations within Western University and the London not-for-profit sector respectively. CRHESI strives to provide a forum for research-enabled, synergistic and catalytic change for London and surrounding areas.

CRHESI’s research principles have emerged through considerable consultation with members of our community-based and academic partners.

  • Respectful, meaningful engagement of community and academic partners in decision-making throughout the research project cycle;
  • Respectful, meaningful engagement of individuals and/or groups to whom the research is most relevant;
  • Acknowledgment of the power inherent in varying social structures and locations and how they intersect to shape health and social inequities;
  • A critical eye towards structural and systemic violence and oppression that influence research findings and their interpretation;
  • A responsibility for knowledge translation and exchange, to put findings to work for the good of local communities;
  • Recognition of the shared ownership of knowledge and other products generated through the research process;
  • A research and knowledge-sharing environment free from discrimination;
  • Commitment to research that reflects the diversity of voices within local communities;
  • A continually reflexive stance on ethics as practised through all stages of a project;
  • A respect for scientific rigour as best understood within the engaged paradigm of research.