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Why I Founded Method4Change

I think the biggest thing is: 'How can I impact people? How can I affect people's lives?' Because sooner or later you're going to leave this world and so you have to put your stamp into this world. You have to have some sort of impact (Anonymous, Somali Man, 23).

Drawing inspiration from the refugees who participated in my doctoral research and emphasized the importance of community impact, I founded Method4Change. Method4Change is a consulting service with a social mission, working with clients who want to make a positive impact through research. This consultation service ensures researchers have the tools and support they need to make a positive impact on society through research. Method4Change also donates 2% of its revenue to support refugee education.

Method4Change offers services in three key specialty areas:

Methodological Expertise

I specialize in mixed methods and participatory action research. I completed my PhD training at the University of Michigan in the Department of Psychology where I had the opportunity to take advanced qualitative and quantitative coursework and publish in peer reviewed journals implementing a wide variety of methods. I hosted trainings for undergraduates, graduate students, and staff focusing on qualitative research broadly, focus groups, and photovoice.

Centering Equity in Research

Community-Researcher relationships are deeply damaged due to historical patterns of abuse and neglect. Method4Change works with researchers to understand how to rebuild trusting relationships that foster mutually beneficial relationships with communities. I seek to center human dignity at all stages of the research process, from ideation, to methodology, to research communication. My work in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion is widely recognized through publications in peer reviewed journal articles, service awards, and research awards.

Science Communication

While major funding organizations like the National Science Foundation emphasize 'Broader Impact,' in reality, academic groups rarely receive the proper training to interface with communities and policymakers properly and effectively. Given my professional experience in advocacy organizations, a non-partisan policy organization, and my participation in science communication programs, I have a unique skillset to offer academic research groups who may be new to such communication strategies.

To learn more about my services, contact me.

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