What is MicroResearch?
Thursday, Nov. 3, 12-1 p.m.
Join Dr. Rose Ricciardelli discuss what is “MicroResearch”?
Imagine a paramedic, a community health nurse, a police officer, and a shelter worker are introduced for the first time and told to dream up a community health issue that they all feel interested in. This is what happens with MicroResearch Canada – health problems are viewed, and tackled, by the members of the communities who experience them every day.
Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the highest rates of poor health behaviors and poor health of any province. There is widespread agreement that improvements in the health in the province will require changes that go beyond the health care system. We need innovative solutions that are developed and implemented with sensitivity to local circumstances and are driven by research evidence. The creation of Drs. Noni MacDonald and Bob Bortolussi, MicroResearch originated in Africa and was later brought to Nova Scotia in 2016, later to Newfoundland in 2022, with the goal of building research capacity to find local solutions to community health problems that fits the local needs, resources, and culture.
Working in interdisciplinary teams, MicroResearch (MR) participants take part in an educational workshop run by local researchers, where they learn the basics of research development, design, and implementation. In their teams, they are told to choose a question they see as being relevant to their community, which they will develop into a research proposal. This hands-on learning experience, combined with ongoing mentoring post-workshop, allows teams to go on to apply for small grants to conduct their studies. A focus on knowledge translation encourages teams to bring their findings back into the community and to key stakeholders to ultimately improve community health outcomes. MR highlights the importance of community-based research, where research questions and projects are developed and driven by the community. A total of 132 participants have taken part in twelve workshops in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Labrador, resulting in twenty research proposals and nine projects currently underway.
Dr. Rose Ricciardelli is Professor (PhD, Sociology) in the School of Maritime Studies and Research Chair in Safety, Security, and Wellness, at Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute. Elected to the Royal Society of Canada, her research centers on evolving understandings of gender, vulnerabilities, risk, and experiences and issues within different facets of the criminal justice system and among mariners. She has published 12 books, 200+ journal articles and 50+ chapters all in the areas of PSP, criminalized persons, and wellness – broadly defined. As a sex and gender researcher, her interests lay in the social health, identity construction, and lived experiences of individuals. She leads a longitudinal study on the mental health and well-being experiences of correctional officers employed by Correctional Services Canada.
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