Members of the R.O.A.D.S. Study Team will be presenting at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting on November 17, 2021 from 4:30-6:15 pm. The presentation is called, Participatory Methodologies in Policy-oriented Research: Whose Truth Is Told, to Whom Are We Responsible?.
The Research On Active Design in Springfield (ROADS) study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was developed to assess health and equity impacts in the implementation of a “Complete Streets,” a policy, which is intended to make streets and sidewalks safe and accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and using all modes of transportation. The study was designed in collaboration between researchers, an established community health coalition (Live Well Springfield), city departments, and residents as a commitment to equity in the research process.
The presentation will explore the benefits and challenges of a coalition-approach to participatory research. Presenters to include: Kathleen Szegda, Samantha Hamilton, Margarite Whitten, Erin Hennessy, and Mark Fenton.