Research & Ethics

Research can help create positive changes in your community’s health and wellbeing. Research is a deliberate, planned and organized way of gathering information. The knowledge that is created from research can help change a situation by increasing awareness and understanding of the issues.

Certain types of research methods, such as participatory and indigenous methodologies, can promote change by the way they are done, by bringing people together, empowering, building capacity, respecting the wants and needs of the people involved in the research.

Learn more about research and ethics by checking out the following features.

Featured Publications and Initiatives

A Critical Analysis of Contemporary First Nations Research and Some Options for First Nations Communities (2007)

Community Research for Change e-Workbook (2010). Research can help create positive changes in your community’s health and well-being. Research is a deliberate, planned, and organized way of gathering information, and can help increase awareness and understanding of important issues. It can also bring people together, empower a community, and build skills when community members participate in the research.

Considerations and Templates for Ethical Research Practices (2007). This publication is a practical guide for communities interested in developing their own research policies and protocols. The most useful features are the three templates to help First Nations develop research policies and agreements.

First Nations Conceptual Frameworks and Applied Models on Ethics, Privacy, and Consent in Health Research and Informations: Summary Report (2006)

Health Information, Research and Planning (2009). Health governance is crucial to self-determination, and will lead to improved health for First Nations Peoples. The First Nations Centre develops and distributes information on health research and planning as part of its mandate to build First Nations capacity to govern, manage, and deliver health services.

Health Governance Models eWorkbook (2010). Health governance is the way people work together to manage and deliver community health programs and services. It includes boards of directors, committees of the board, staff, and relationships with leaders. This workbook is for First Nations communities, on‐reserve and off, and in rural and urban settings.

Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP) or Self-Determination Applied to Research: A Critical Analysis of Contemporary First Nations Research and Some Options for First Nations Communities (2005).

Urban First Nations Health Research Discussion Paper (2009)

Understanding Health Indicators (2007)