The How and Why of Collaborative Research: Lessons From the Chicago Women's Health Risk Project

Carolyn Rebecca Block, Illinois Crim Justice Info Authority
Debra Clemons, Chicago Department of Health
Barbara Engel, Domestic Violence Advocate
Teresa Johnson, CWHRS
Sara Naureckas, Erie Family Health Centers
Kim A. Riordan, Cook County Hospital
Gail Radford Walker, CWHRS

ABSTRACT
Collaborative research has become a buzz-word, but collaborative methods are still in their infancy. Although research partnerships exist, true collaborations between researchers and practitioners are rare. Such a collaboration begins with research design, and permeates every stage of the research project through the analysis and dissemination of results. It exists in an environment that values inclusion and spends the time and resources necessary to support it. Though a true collaboration can be extremely difficult to build and maintain, the benefits are great, especially for the quality and applicability of the research results. This Workshop brings together key participants of two such collaborations. Each group will briefly outline the role collaboration played in their research project. Then Beth Richie will lead a discussion intended to help those in the audiences benefit from what these two projects learned from the collaboration process -- the specific challenges faced and how they were overcome, unanticipated benefits of collaboration, and practical ideas and hints.

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Updated 05/20/2006