Why Should I Let Researchers on My Team? Ways to Leverage Practitioner-Researcher Partnerships

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 6, 2021

Maggie McGuire
Maggie McGuire
Research Assistant
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Samantha Cocco
Samantha Cocco
Administrative Specialist
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education (CWRU)

The gap between research on sexual assault and the lived experiences of gender-based violence survivors and the professionals who serve them can sometimes feel like a chasm. In an era of big data and evidence-based practices, many may feel pressure to include researchers in projects regarding sexual assault investigations, prosecutions, and service delivery. However, an important question must be asked, will this relationship benefit the practitioners and/or the survivors they serve? Drawing from their experiences as an applied researcher and a communication and marketing specialist in an applied research center, the presenters will walk through fundamental aspects of research, developing research questions, and determining if a particular researcher or research team is a good fit for your multidisciplinary team.

Researchers can add value to a multidisciplinary team for the same reason it is sometimes hard to incorporate them – their outsider perspective. By walking through real examples of research-practitioner projects, the presenters will discuss how the projects were conducted, how to tap into wider audiences, and how to communicate findings in meaningful ways to your audiences, including policymakers and institutional leadership. By choosing researchers from disciplines who add value to your work, together you can both make meaningful and strategic contributions to our understanding and response to gender-based violence and gain valuable insights for your team as well.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Analyze what type of research might be most beneficial to their organization.
  • Create a research agenda that would benefit their organization.
  • Apply a clear marketing strategy to communicate research findings

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