Phase 1: LAYING THE FOUNDATION
Laying the Foundation focuses on setting goals and clarifying roles between stakeholders. In this phase steps are taken to make sure that people have meaningful involvement in the research. There are four main activities:
ORGANIZE A STAKEHOLDER STEERING GROUP AND CLARIFY ROLES
Determine who has a stake in the research topic and what their roles will be in the project. Having a cross-stakeholder steering group to guide the project is one important role.
IDENTIFY ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT RESEARCH
Explore people's past experiences with research and what they think good research is. Talk about community-based research and how it is similar and different from other research.
HIGHLIGHT THE CONTEXT OF THE SITUATION
Determine what is already known about the research topic and the current environment in which the research will be conducted. Also agree on the target audience for the research.
IDENTIFY PURPOSE OF RESEARCH
Identify what you hope to achieve by working together on the research project, summarizing this in a single purpose statement.