We may have the best of intentions when we want to work for a better world and undertake projects that will have a positive social impact, but what does it take to actually work wisely, effectively, and ethically when doing community-based research?
Join us for this workshop series, where we’ll discuss the ethics of innovation and community engagement, explore case studies of past MIT projects, and provide an introduction to user-centered fieldwork methodology. Throughout we will explore practical skills, as well as fundamental questions such as: When is innovation needed? What types of approaches (participatory or other) make sense for the given context? What are potential adverse effects of an innovation on stakeholders, institutions and markets? What are some strategies I can use if I encounter ethical challenges when doing fieldwork?
The workshops will build on each other, so participants are encouraged to attend all sessions, but participation for one session is welcome.
On your RSVP form, let us know which sessions you'll be attending:
SESSION 1: Ethics of Community-Based Research & Social Innovation
Thursday, Nov 3, 5-7pm
Led by: Keely Swan, MIT IDEAS, Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center
SESSION 2: Context and Stakeholder Mapping
Friday, Nov 18, 12-2pm
Led by: Josh Ellsworth, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
SESSION 3: User Research Framework
Thursday, Dec 1, 5-7pm
Led by: Kendra Leith & Rebecca Smith, Co-Authors of D-Lab's User Research Framework
SESSION 4: Fieldwork Challenges - Case Studies & Scenarios
Friday, Dec 9, 12-2pm
Led by: Libby Hsu, D-Lab
SESSION 5: Post-Fieldwork Reflection (attendees from Sessions 1-4 will be invited)
Thursday, Feb 16, 5-7pm
Series is collaboratively organized by:
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MIT D-Lab, N51, Room 310
(Enter through building N52 next to MIT Museum)
275 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139