Being more censu-tive to diversity in research | Opinion

Being more censu-tive to diversity in research | Opinion

How do we design research to be more censu-tive to inclusion?It is a big question, and not one a single article can answer in full. However, here are three things we do to design diverse and inclusive research: Make diverse sampling the default mindset for research designThink about minority participants from the beginning. When sampling, start specifying a diverse recruit, explicitly for ethnicity, gender identities beyond the binary, sexuality, those with disabilities or neurodivergence. Often these people are harder to find. But as gatekeepers ensuring brands hear the market’s voice, we’re responsible for ensuring everyone’s voice is heard. Practically, this means prioritising their recruitment early on to avoid running out of time to include them.Incorporate evolved language We now have an expansive vocabulary to signal identity and difference. It’s important to stay in tune with this and use it in research design. Take gender identity for example: offering participant criteria beyond the male/female sex binary is vital in signalling to these audiences that their voice is important.Diverse research team = diverse research designWe can’t get it right every time. We’re human and socialised into all kinds of biases and perspectives we may not even consider. However, this is why it’s important to surround ourselves with people who can offer different considerations and perspectives. That’s why having a diverse team will equate to diverse research design.Most importantly, we as researchers need to shift from being aware of these issues to taking meaningful actions that address these challenges. Fostering an inclusive environment committed to making change is key towards a successful and empathetic future. There’s only one way to do so: by being ‘censu-tive’.

Very similar suggestions to Sophiia’s piece.

https://www.research-live.com/article/opinion/being-more-censutive-to-diversity-in-research/id/5083232

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