Just Solutions Collective Criteria for the Selection of Research Projects

Over the last few months, the Just Solutions Collective met to discuss and identify the process and criteria for our research agenda and selection of research projects. As an organization we are working to institutionalize our research program and better understand our research capacity as our team continues to grow. As a national project, our research works to broaden and deepen understanding of equitable and effective policies and projects, elevate the essential role that community-led solutions play in creating change, work to foster a national community of peer-learning, build greater capacity of BIPOC and frontline community-based organizations to elevate their solutions and replicate them across the country. 

To ensure our research honors our purpose as an organization we have identified the following criteria for selecting research projects as the Just Solutions Collective. Below is a summary of our five core criteria categories. 

Meets our Vision, Purpose, Principals, and Research Ethics

Our research goals are to meet the Just Solutions Collective’s “Vision”, “Purpose”, and “Principals”, as outlined in our Comprehensive Building Blocks for a Regenerative and Just 100% Policy. As well as our research ethics, including but not limited to: 

  • Prioritize the leadership and knowledge of BIPoC, youth, and disproportionately impacted communities to ensure equitable benefits.
  • Center BIPoC-frontline community created solutions 
  • Protect community intellectual property
  • Identify clear roles and decision-making power in the research process
  • Cultivate roles that support community decision-making power
  • Ensure research does not exploit or extract local community knowledge, but rather supports and is led by local community knowledge.

Cultivates and Strengthens the Just Solution Collective and Environmental Justice Movement

Our research cultivates and strengthens relationships with the Just Solutions Collective staff and partner experts. The research also supports other BIPOC frontline organizations, community organizations, practitioners, and the environmental justice movement.

Develops and Includes an Equitable Process

Our research prioritizes BIPOC-frontline led organizations and communities as well as forward BIPOC- frontline and environmental justice solutions by doing one or more of the following listed below. In doing so, it must also ensure communities are involved in all aspects of the work and process.

  • Develop innovative, equitable policies and community-based programs.
  • Broaden and deepen the understanding of equitable and effective policies and projects to build the capacity of communities.
  • Inform and create models that communities can replicate, scale, and build support for their communities.
  • Improve community health and quality of life by influencing policy decisions that are health protective and environmental justice-focused.

Includes an Equitable Implementation Plan

Communication & Accessibility: The research must identify populations that may be impacted by or could benefit/be informed from the research, program, or policy. Including primary and secondary audiences. In addition, it must clearly outline a plan to communicate and distribute information to it’s targeted audience and information is accessible to lay audiences to ensure understanding of content. 

Funding & Resources: The Just Solutions Collective prioritize smaller organizations with a budget of less than $500,000 and provide honorariums to interviewees ranging from $100-$200. For ongoing or more substantive content, the Just Solutions Collective would work to raise or allocate additional funds. 

Timeline: Qualitative research projects require a six-month minimum timeline for completion and quantitative research projects require a 2-months minimum timeline for completion if research is available. Each research project will require a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and scope of work (SOW) outlining the outcomes, timeline, funding, roles, and workplan.

An On-going Research Process

As the Just Solutions Collective works to institutionalize our research program and better understand our research capacity our process is subject to change. In order to meet the needs of our work, our research process will be updated as our research capacity expands.