How to engage with participants in field research

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“Your aim in communicating effectively with communities is to build mutual trust and improve the buy-in that will sustain your research project, as well as making the experience as beneficial to the community as possible.”

This and many others experiences are shared by Obidimma Ezezika on the SciDevNet website. Obidimma is the CEO of the African Centre for Innovation and Leadership Development and an adjunct Lecturer at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Top aspects: How to engage with communities in field research

  1. Focus on trust
  2. Engage early
  3. Listen and learn
  4. Get to know your participants
  5. Use the right communication methods
  6. Get informed consent
  7. Communication should not end with the research

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