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Getting the Most Out of Research Partnerships

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Nancy La Vigne, Ph.D.
Date Published
November 2022

This article looks at "inclusive research" as a way to measure climate while also producing strong and effective correctional programs. Originally established in the context of research on people with learning and intellectual disabilities, inclusive research happens when researchers engage those who are affected by the issue, problem, or intervention under study and incorporate the knowledge that comes from their lived experiences. 

At a minimum, inclusive research demands that research findings be shared with the people who helped generate them. Doing so can aid in the interpretation of findings and help in developing actionable steps to make improvements informed by them. And when researchers engage the entire prison community, correctional staff are more likely to perceive changes in policies as valid and thus will be more invested in their faithful implementation.

Date Published: November 1, 2022