A reminder of some important ethical dimensions 

Before data collection, consider:
  • Your identity and positionality and who you are working with.
  • What is your purpose or goal for collecting data?
  • What is the focus of the data collection?
  • What kind of data will be collected and why?

Answering these questions allows for a relevant dataset to move forward with a community project, plan, or activity.

Think about your research or your community engagement process:

  • What impact are you planning to achieve?
  • Who should be involved? Why?
    • Are there rights holders or stakeholders involved?
    • Would they use your knowledge?
    • How would they contribute/use the knowledge?


Supplementary readings

For further reading, explore Creating Communities of Practice, a resource from the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (2016)




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