Engaging with People with Lived Experiences in OUD Modeling Research

Ways to Conduct Community-driven Research

By Bonnie Tse October 16, 2022

Drug overdose deaths continue to rise in the United States and Canada, with the risks for greater opioid use sharply increasing in Mexico.

Rethink Our Approach to Modeling

Applications of Community Driven Research to Drug Policy

“Applications of Community Driven Research to Drug Policy,” revealed how community-driven research can overcome power imbalances and structural issues in collaborations with academic researchers. This session was moderated by Jules Netherland, CHERISH Policy Advisory Board member and managing director for Research and Academic Engagement at Drug Policy Alliance, with Emily Einstein, Science and Policy Branch chief at NIDA presenting. Panelists included advocates from the Health in Justice Action Lab and the Network of Drug Researchers with Lived Experience and researchers from the University of North Carolina and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Innovative Examples in Community Driven Research

"Innovative Examples in Community Driven Research," highlighted researchers and organizations experienced in community-driven research and covered how best to partner with these organizations, develop the research capacity of all project participants, collectively identify community needs, develop research questions, and design and carry out research projects that directly benefit community needs by concurrently fostering public advocacy projects. The insights shared in this panel were also described in a recent commentary published in the International Journal of Drug Policy by Urban Survivors Union authors. This session was moderated by Aliza Cohen, research coordinator at Drug Policy Alliance. Panelists included Shaquita Borden, Mary Figgatt, Laura McTighe, and Louise Vincent.

Challenge the Academic Framework

Considerations for Conducting Community-driven Research

1. Be thoughtful from the start.

2. Let go of assumptions.

3. See research as a collaborative process.

4. Build effective partnerships.