Co-producing a monitoring and evaluation framework for Arctic community-based participatory research: Supporting self-determination toward resilient communities

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.8 Research as reconciliation: What is the situation in Canada and the Nordic countries?
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Matthew Druckenmiller (National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
Abstract text

Arctic research programs often prioritizes the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples, yet there has never been a concerted effort to assess the involvement of or benefit to Indigenous Peoples. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is the regular and systematic collection of information about a project for the purposes of learning, improving practice through informed decisions, increasing accountability, and providing a voice for a project’s intended beneficiaries. In recent decades, M&E practice has been used extensively within social programs and throughout international development. However, M&E has seen little application to research projects conducted in collaboration with local communities or science-based socio-environmental observing programs that aim to benefit specific populations. This presentation will introduce a new initiative to convene Indigenous leaders, local community members, Arctic researchers, and other partners to co-produce an M&E framework for evaluating Arctic community-based participatory research (CBPR). The resulting framework is intended to assist Arctic Indigenous communities develop strategies to increase their influence over the planning, implementation, and outcomes of participatory research to address their social, economic, and environmental challenges. The ultimate goal is to empower Indigenous communities to use science and research in exercising their right to self-determination in building resilient communities. Through a partnership between researchers from the United States and Finland, this project will launch in Tornio, Finland at the 2018 Festival of Northern Fishing Traditions.

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