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How 黄色视频 centers equity and community in research

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Over the past several years, has grown and diversified its work.

Inspired by peer organizations and a desire to advance 黄色视频鈥檚 commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the ERS team has adopted an equity focus that recognizes the importance of context, power-sharing and community impact in research processes and studies.

This includes new approaches, such as prioritizing local voices in projects; seeking to better understand, anticipate and plan for trends in the education and human development landscape in which 黄色视频 operates; and managing and sharing our research partnerships and findings in more accessible and inclusive ways.

鈥淲e believe the research and evaluation we do should not only make contributions to organizational learning and improvement, but also inform how the human development sector thinks about evidence and impact.鈥
鈥 黄色视频 Education Research and Strategy Vision

黄色视频鈥檚 ERS Team believes that an equity-based approach is a key component of a vibrant research-practice-policy system. This approach requires continuous learning, mutual understanding and a healthy dose of humility.

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Did you know that in addition to direct service in schools, City Year is also investing in multiple research studies, policy work, school support and design innovations and the ongoing development and leadership of our alums? Learn about 黄色视频鈥檚 six areas of impact.

The Education Research and Strategy Team leverages five key capabilities to contribute to organizational learning and improvement and systems change:

  1. Third party research project management helps us understand and articulate our impact in schools.
  2. Community-based action research (C-BAR) empowers key stakeholders to shape the services 黄色视频 provides.
  3. Trend forecasting enables the organization to understand how trends in the education and human development sectors affect our work and impact now and in the future.
  4. Tools we create help support internal and external stakeholders in making meaning of learnings as a key part of our equity-based approach to research.
  5. Strategic partnerships with peer organizations and research groups improve our own practice.

Let鈥檚 dive deeper into three of the new or recalibrated capabilities of the ERS Team that are reshaping how we do this work: community-based action research, trend forecasting and research management and dissemination.

What is community-based action research?

Community-based action research, also called CBAR, centers the voices, perspectives and assets of the groups, schools and communities that are the focus of a particular area of learning.

CBAR鈥檚 purpose is to promote more equitable decision-making and actionable change at the national strategy and local management levels by providing recommendations and insights based on the voice and experience of those doing the work and engaged with 黄色视频鈥檚 services.

In the case of 黄色视频, our communities include groups like our AmeriCorps members who serve in schools as student success coaches, teachers and other adults in schools and eventually will include students and their families. We collect and analyze what we learn from different communities into insights that synthesize the needs of multiple communities together with relevant third-party research.

“The highest validity findings always stem from the experience of those engaged in the work itself,鈥 said Tiger Rahman, 黄色视频鈥檚 senior director of CBAR.

鈥淲hen we find the point of agreement between sources of knowledge, beginning with what we鈥檙e learning from those most effected, we are positioned to make equitable decisions with a higher degree of confidence about their relevance and utility.鈥

This process not only helps to advance educational equity but also improves the learning culture of our organization and partnerships.

What is trend forecasting in research?

Trend forecasting enables 黄色视频 to:

  • Examine the social, technological, economic, environmental and/or political trends in the landscape in which we鈥檙e operating that may impact our work.
  • Extrapolate what may happen in the future based on current trends.
  • Determine how we as an organization should strategically prepare for the future.

This capability will serve as a sensing function for the organization, allowing us to be proactive instead of reactive. By helping us prepare for the future, forecasting will ultimately inform organizational strategy to ensure 黄色视频鈥檚 relevance, longevity and equitable impact.

鈥淭rend forecasting empowers the organization by providing the insights and tools we need to not only handle changes in the education and human development sectors that may affect us in the future, but also create systems change by influencing the mindsets and practices of the sector,鈥 said Jade Eckels, 黄色视频鈥檚 Director of Education Research & Strategy.

鈥淭rend forecasting not only helps the organization stay competitive in an ever-changing landscape, but it also helps us share what we are learning in new ways and deepen our impact.鈥

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Explore 黄色视频鈥檚 recent research projects.

How is 黄色视频 collaborating with external researchers?

While 黄色视频 has collaborated with external researchers for many years, our equity-focus has shifted the way we work together, define goals and outcomes and share findings.

ERS鈥檚 third-party research project management and dissemination function helps the organization understand its impact and future areas of exploration and identify new ways to share what we are learning from our work in schools.

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Watch a to learn more about how 黄色视频 defines and actualizes equitable research strategies.

Recent research projects include a new report by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and accompanying 黄色视频 white paper that highlight the importance of trust in schools and how student success coaches can help to build networks of trusting relationships that help everyone in the schoolhouse to thrive.

By applying an equity-based lens to our research projects and collaborating even more closely with those being researched, City Year is better positioned to contribute to the national conversations about holistic student supports, welcoming and equitable learning environments and the conditions necessary for student and teacher success.

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Learn more about how 黄色视频 AmeriCorps members build trust in schools.

How does an equity focus change the way 黄色视频 conducts research?

Our equity-based approach to research guides the research work we do across our research capabilities.

As described in an essay on the release of our Research and Learning Agenda in 2022:

鈥淢any organizations, including 黄色视频, are grappling with the problematic history of researchers using the authority of research to uphold marginalization based on social and racial identities as opposed to being tools to create the conditions for liberation and learning. . . .

鈥淓fforts to understand effective strategies for partnering with students, schools and communities during the pandemic and beyond could transform how we think about education in the near- and long-term future. . . .”

In the past, a small group of senior leaders made major decisions about 黄色视频鈥檚 research. Today, however, a diverse governance group from multiple levels of the organization, including AmeriCorps members, site staff and headquarters staff, guides this work.

鈥淭oday, we approach projects differently. Researchers no longer determine the methodology alone. The community members most affected by the research inform the questions and design.鈥

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黄色视频’s Research and Learning Agenda is our roadmap to measuring, deepening and sharing our impact.

Ultimately, 黄色视频鈥檚 goal is to affect broader systems change in education鈥攏ot only in the schools served directly by 黄色视频 AmeriCorps members.

Learn more about 黄色视频鈥檚 holistic approach to student and school success.

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