Step 1: Develop Research Idea
Researcher develops research proposal or idea.
- Researcher reviews process maps, relevant legislation and policies, relevant regional organizations and licensing requirements to develop their proposal or idea.
Step 2: Connect with Hotıì ts'eeda
- Researcher connects with Hotıì ts’eeda for help with planning and understanding the process.
Step 3: Work with Hotıì ts'eeda
- Hotıì ts’eeda assists the researcher with processes, engagement, knowledge transfer and research methods.
- Hotıì ts’eeda reviews the research proposal and makes suggestions regarding budget, partnerships, knowledge translation and how the research could support community priorities and capacity building.
- When appropriate, Hotıì ts’eeda connects the researcher to relevant partners for input and participation.
Step 4: Connect with Partners
- Researcher communicates with relevant organizations and provides research proposal for review. Relevant partners could include:
- Indigenous Organizations: Research in the NWT requires meaningful partnerships with regional Indigenous organizations. Several organizations have stated research protocols and priorities as well as dedicated research support staff.
- Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services: Research that uses medical data records or time in hospitals requires a review under the Health Information Act and a research agreement with the hospitals. This process is coordinated through the Department of Health and Social Services Research Coordinator and can be supported by Hotıì ts’eeda.
- Other Organizations: Other organizations may include community groups, health-related organizations or other groups with relevant interests.
- Partners review the research proposal.
Step 5: Partners Provide Feedback
- Consulted organizations provide feedback, suggestions, decisions and other relevant information about the research plan to the researcher.
- Consulted organizations communicate with the researcher to determine their level of involvement in the project.
- Partners may provide letters of support.
Step 6: Update Research Plan
- Researcher uses feedback to revise research plan.
- Researcher continues to develop partnerships with stakeholders.
- Researcher gathers letters of support.
- Researcher prepares applications for licensing and ethics.
Step 7: Research Application is Reviewed
- Aurora Research Institute reviews the application through its internal licensing process. This step may include:
- Contacting regional health authorities,
- Sending the proposal to relevant Government of the Northwest Territories departments,
- Sending the proposal to any other organizations that might be impacted or involved (the researcher should have already been in touch with those organizations).
- After the review, the Aurora Research Institute notifies the researcher of decision. If declined, the researcher can revise their application and resubmit.
Step 8: Research Team Conducts Research and Shares Knowledge
- Researcher finalizes research plan and conducts research project.
- During the project, the researcher shares results and knowledge with the community as per their agreements, ongoing community input and knowledge translation plan.
- After research is completed, the researcher continues to share knowledge, publications and all other products from the project with community partners.