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Women Advancing Transformational
Equity Research


These services help your organizations, employees, and leaders in cultivating and sustaining transformation health equity efforts targeting vulnerable and underserved communities, and in particular diverse Black women. 

Exclusive Research Services

Transformational equity requires transformational equity research methodologies, methods, and strategies. WATER Center is well-versed in these areas,

which are personalized for organizational needs.

Taking Note

Methodologies for Transformational Equity Research

  • Participatory Action Research (PAR): This methodology actively involves community members in the research process, fostering a sense of collective ownership and ensuring that research outcomes are directly applicable to community needs.

  • Intersectional Analysis: This approach takes into account various social identities and systems of oppression, like gender, race, and socio-economic status, to ensure a comprehensive understanding of health inequities.

  • Critical Theory Framework: Utilized to scrutinize existing social structures and power dynamics that perpetuate health inequities, this methodology aims to drive transformative change by questioning and altering these frameworks.


Methods for Data Collection and Analysis

  • Qualitative Methods

    • In-depth Interviews: With community members and stakeholders to gather nuanced insights into their experiences and perspectives.

    • Focus Groups: To foster communal dialogue about health-related challenges and potential solutions.

    • Video elicitation interviews

    • Narrative engagement

  • Quantitative Methods

    • Surveys and Questionnaires: Administered to collect statistical data on health outcomes, access to services, and other relevant metrics.

  • Epidemiological Studies: To track health indicators and correlate them with socio-economic variables.

  • Mixed Methods

    • Combining both qualitative and quantitative data to provide a multi-dimensional view of community health.


Strategies for Implementation

  • Community Engagement and Co-Creation:

    • Engaging the community in dialogue to co-create research aims and methods, ensuring that they are culturally sensitive and locally relevant.

  • Capacity Building:

    • Workshops and training sessions to enhance internal competencies in research methodologies and data analysis.

  • Iterative Learning and Adaptation:

    • Use a cyclical process of implementation, assessment, and refinement to continually optimize the impact of interventions.

  • Stakeholder Engagement:

    • Collaborate with community leaders/members, local governments, academic institutions, healthcare institutions, and other nonprofits to leverage additional resources and expertise.

  • Dissemination and Policy Advocacy:

    • After the analysis phase, results should be widely disseminated through academic publications, community meetings, publications, and policy briefs aimed at informing public health strategies and advocating for systemic change.

  • Long-term Monitoring and Evaluation:

    • Establish metrics and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to continually evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, and be prepared to make data-driven adjustments to strategies.

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