Real-world impact demands real-time research.
Coupling projects and outreach to communities with deep analysis is how we ensure we make a meaningful impact within communities. Our research work cannot be trapped in an ivory tower. It must reach the constituencies that need it most.
Much of our research work has been carried out for clients in sensitive areas and is not in the public domain. However the lessons learnt can often be shared more widely.
Examples of Real-Time Research
In the 'What Works' Research Project, Lokahi has been exploring how religious and ethnic individuals and communities have successfully contributed to the wider community and whether various economic, professional, religious or social factors have played a role. Britain will always be a diverse nation, and people will always want to retain important aspects of their religious, cultural, ethnic and other heritage. Much public discussion has concentrated on what has not worked with integration. We need to look more closely at 'What Works': the ways in which individuals and communities have been successful in building social cohesion within Britain. We have conducted about 100 interviews with members of the Black Christian, Muslim and Hindu communities, and continue to study and analyse what they have told us.
Lokahi conducted research on Barriers to Progression and enablers of recruitment for visible minority staff in Police forces. The key questions the research addresses are;
- What barriers to progression exist among police officers generally; and in particular what and how are these experienced by visible minority staff?
- What are the mechanisms or patterns whereby such barriers occur?
- What factors enable or deter recruitment and retention for visible minority staff?
- What lessons can be learned from the experience of staff to enable senior officers to improve the recruitment, retention, and progression of visible minority staff?
- What concrete steps for improvement can be undertaken for recruitment and progression of visible minority staff?
We worked with a portfolio of over fourteen organizations to build the capacity of community-based projects to more effectively achieve their aims and objectives. Lokahi has developed a unique tool to measure and benchmark organizational performance while enhancing diverse working models. We empower organizations with intensive support, training and evaluation in target areas of methods, activities, governance and financial management. We also support organizations to strengthen their relations with relevant stakeholders and make wider use of evidence to respond to current issues. We offer support to a network of practitioners to further research and advance operational innovation. We also work with statutory partners to ensure that grass roots projects inform policy decisions.
As part of the British Library ‘Sacred’ Exhibition, we created a conference entitled ‘Ways of Reading’ with leading scholars of Jewish, Islamic and Christian texts for members of the general public. Topics considered included political uses of the Scriptures, morally challenging texts, feminist readings of the Scriptures, Law and the Sacred texts, and communicating scriptural scholarship to the faithful.
The European Community Research and Development Project is a three year research project conducted by Lokahi investigating community de-radicalization initiatives in a UK context. This project particularly will focus on the unique nature of the preventative approach that has been pioneered in the UK.
What are good campus relations? How do we define them at UK universities, and how can students and staff participate in creating a better campus? Our briefing paper reports on the findings of the first year of a four-year Lokahi research project on good campus relations.
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