Lessons about research to make cities safer and more inclusive
IDRC / Atul Loke
Safe and Inclusive Cities was a global research program that brought leading experts together to help understand the drivers of urban violence, poverty, and inequalities. Working in 16 countries, the 15 teams used a diversity of methods ranging from participatory research in particular urban contexts, to national surveys, to explorations of violent urban landscapes in several countries.
Throughout the initiative, IDRC and the research teams focused on research uptake, ethical practice, and gender analysis. These learning summaries present some of the program’s lessons learned on these themes, including challenges, implications for research, and a few key questions to spur reflection and discussion among researchers. They are based on the analysis of data gathered for a mid-term evaluation of the program:
- Research uptake: Designing research so that its findings can be applied and used.
- Ethical practice: Ensuring that participants are protected and that the research serves their interests, maintains confidentiality, obtains informed consent, and manages risks.
- Gender analysis: Improving understanding of how gendered experiences affect urban violence.