Research Action Coalition for Race Equality
Collaboration between Black South West Network and the University of Bristol – centring principles of co-production
The Research Action Coalition for Race Equality (RACE) is a unique collaboration between the University of Bristol and Black South West Network working with key strategic partners including the Commission of Race Equality, Bristol City Council, third-sector Race Equality organisations and others committed to the elimination of race inequality in Bristol and the South West.
RACE aims to connect research and data to community-led approaches, in ways that recognise, value and respond to communities’ lived experiences and diverse forms of knowledge and expertise, through partnership, collaboration and co-production between academics, community groups and policy-makers.
The overarching aim of the network is to co-produce knowledge regarding the presence and drivers of race inequality in the region and to ensure effective policy responses to these: through engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders, including those from disadvantaged groups, third-sector organisations, policy-makers and business leaders as well as academics from across the University.
RACE is also informing the development of research approaches which are more inclusive and empowering for those from whom data are collected.
RACE aims to provide policy-makers and other stakeholders with the empirical evidence and other support required to develop policy and practice that can more effectively address race disparity in the region. Work undertaken through this collaboration includes:
- Mapping of the regional evidence available via the English Government’s Race Disparity Audit as well as research exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people in ethnic minority groups in Bristol and the South West
- ‘RACE Ecosystem’: a mapping of the race equality space in Bristol and wider South-West region
- A Data Hub that brings together national, regional, and local data showing the nature of race disparities in the South West in relation to key social policy areas such as health, housing, and education
- Co-developing a charter for co-production – funded by the University of Bristol’s Brigstow Institute and working with local community groups, the Charter will provide a toolkit with practical guidance for researchers to enable them to work in partnership with groups often excluded from and disempowered by the research process.
Through the Bristol Model, nine students have worked as Research Assistants on the collaboration between the University of Bristol and Black South West Network, and two of these students have gone on to successfully secure employment with Black South West Network.
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