Guiding Principles

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We recognize that all research and investigation must involve the full and authentic participation of key stakeholders, particularly those who will be directly affected by the research or planning outcomes.

We recognize that the community members are the experts.  They define the space and process, and that a social research and social program planning process, to be culturally-competent and successful, must be participant-driven.  Consistent attention is given to the needs and interests of those impacted by the issues in question.

We recognize that for a full and deep understanding of a social issue it must be put in appropriate social, historical, and cultural contexts.  It is this understanding and knowledge, along with authentic participation of key stakeholders, that we will facilitate positive social change.

We are committed to the highest standards of respect and confidentiality.

Fundamental to gaining a deep understanding of the issues you wish to address: WE LISTEN.