Funders of research—including federal and state agencies, philanthropic foundations, and nonprofit organizations—play a key role in shaping efforts to incorporate equity in research. This role may include conceptualizing, designing, conducting, and disseminating racial equity in research. However, for funders to effectively facilitate equity in research, they should understand researchers’ experiences with implementing racial equity methods.
This brief aims to connect researchers’ experiences and funders’ work in racial equity. We interviewed several Child Trends researchers who have many years of experience integrating racial equity in research. We aimed to understand researchers’ motivations for engaging in racial equity work, garner examples of how they have incorporated racial equity in their research, and determine the supports needed to integrate racial equity methods in research. Based on findings from these interviews—and discussions with our program officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation—we provide key recommendations for funders to better support equity-focused research.
The full brief, available for download, shares key themes and quotes from researchers’ experiences, as captured in our interviews, and provides context and detail on our recommendations to funders. We present our recommendations to funders on:
These key themes from our interviews with Child Trends researchers support our recommendations to funders. We provide detailed context and insight into these themes in the full-text brief.
Defining and shaping racial equity in research
Integrating racial equity methods in research
Improving processes to facilitate racial equity in research
Below we present our recommendations for funders to better support equity-focused research. We provide context and detail on each of these recommendations in the downloadable full-text brief.
Requesting and evaluating racial equity work
Adjusting funding structures for racial equity work
Building capacity for racial equity work
Reflecting on funders’ roles in racial equity work
Parekh, J., & Angeles-Figueroa, J. (2023). Researchers’ experiences inform recommendations for funders to facilitate racial equity in research. Child Trends. https://doi.org/10.56417/1162y788x
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