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Title: Pacific Research Workshop: Towards A Pacific Research Agenda MSD Social Policy Research and Evaluation Conference Wellington Convention Centre. 29


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Pacific Research Workshop Towards A Pacific
Research AgendaMSD Social Policy Research and
Evaluation Conference Wellington Convention
Centre. 29 30 April, 2003
  • Researching in Partnership
  • Utilising Faasamoa and Western Research
    Frameworks in Fieldwork in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Ieti Lima, Candidate for PhD, Department of
    Sociology, University of Auckland.
  • Email i.lima_at_auckland.ac.nz
  • (Acknowledgement This presentation has benefited
    from research funding through a PhD Research
    Fellowship from the HRC, and an ALAC Postgraduate
    Travel Grant to do PhD fieldwork in Samoa)

2
Faasamoa
  • The Samoan Way
  • Traditional knowledge epistemology
  • Samoan social organisations (e.g. extended
    families)
  • Faamatai (chiefly system)
  • Aiga (descent group)
  • Faalavelave (important cultural events)
  • Faaaloalo (respect)
  • Dignity (mamalu)

3
Questions of Research methods and cultural
consideration
  • What methods and models may be more culturally
    appropriate for Pacific research?
  • Are there particular research methods more
    appropriate for Pacific people than others?
  • Pacific peoples in NZ not homogeneous
  • Samoan people not homogeneous
  • Varied research contexts
  • How can Pacific research grow, and be enhanced?

4
Some Methodological Considerations
  • Appropriate Pacific cultural protocols and
    processes
  • Some Pacific people and communities are sick
    of being researched so
  • Build and nurture relationships with all Pacific
    Island communities
  • Invest time and resources to establish rapport
    with research participants
  • Treat all Pacific communities and participants
    courteously
  • and with respect
  • Use Appropriate Samoan/Pacific languages where
    necessary
  • Samoan and other pacific cultures value
  • -generosity and reciprocity
  • -respect and dignity
  • -recognition and courtesy

5
Research with Pacific peoples
  • Need for Research frameworks and methodologies
    that are responsive to Pacific communities needs
    and aspirations
  • Need to grow capacity and capabilities of Pacific
    researchers
  • Use Pacific languages when doing research with
    Pacific communities
  • Pacific research in New Zealand should be
    Pacific- or ethnic-specific, where necessary
  • Need for understanding and goodwill within
    government bureaucracies towards Pacific research
  • Need for real action not tokenism

6
Western Research Framework
  • Western ways dominant
  • Western knowledge epistemology
  • Western methodologies

7
MSD Pacific Strategy
  • Need for Pacific Research Framework
  • and Guidelines in MSD Pacific Strategy
  • Need for input from Pacific communities in
    planning, implementation, and development of
    Pacific research
  • Need for co-operation and sharing of research
    processes and information between MSD and other
    government sectors

8
Some Ethical Considerations
  • Avoid ambiguities and misunderstanding of
    concepts and terminologies
  • E.g. What is health in a Pacific context? Does
    health mean well-being or wellness?
  • Consult with MPIA and/or community
    representatives for clarification if needed
  • Provide appropriate meaalofa
  • Samoan and other pacific customs value
    generosity and reciprocity
  • Ensure research findings are disseminated to
    participants
  • Some Pacific people are sick of being
    researched

9
Future strategies
  • Incorporate elements of faasamoa/Pacific
    cultural values relevant to, and appropriate in
    development of MSDs future research frameworks
    and guidelines
  • Provide scholarships for Pacific students/staff
    in areas of social research, policy analysis,
    social work, etc., to grow MSD Pacific workforce
    and Pacific researcher capacity
  • Encourage intersectoral collaborations within
    government and non-government agencies on
    research with Pacific people
  • Incorporate long-term (10-year) Research Plan
    within the MSD Pacific Strategy, to ensure
    continuity of current momentum for Pacific
    research
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Title: Pacific Research Workshop: Towards A Pacific Research Agenda MSD Social Policy Research and Evaluation Conference Wellington Convention Centre. 29


1
Pacific Research Workshop Towards A Pacific
Research AgendaMSD Social Policy Research and
Evaluation Conference Wellington Convention
Centre. 29 30 April, 2003
  • Researching in Partnership
  • Utilising Faasamoa and Western Research
    Frameworks in Fieldwork in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Ieti Lima, Candidate for PhD, Department of
    Sociology, University of Auckland.
  • Email i.lima_at_auckland.ac.nz
  • (Acknowledgement This presentation has benefited
    from research funding through a PhD Research
    Fellowship from the HRC, and an ALAC Postgraduate
    Travel Grant to do PhD fieldwork in Samoa)

2
Faasamoa
  • The Samoan Way
  • Traditional knowledge epistemology
  • Samoan social organisations (e.g. extended
    families)
  • Faamatai (chiefly system)
  • Aiga (descent group)
  • Faalavelave (important cultural events)
  • Faaaloalo (respect)
  • Dignity (mamalu)

3
Questions of Research methods and cultural
consideration
  • What methods and models may be more culturally
    appropriate for Pacific research?
  • Are there particular research methods more
    appropriate for Pacific people than others?
  • Pacific peoples in NZ not homogeneous
  • Samoan people not homogeneous
  • Varied research contexts
  • How can Pacific research grow, and be enhanced?

4
Some Methodological Considerations
  • Appropriate Pacific cultural protocols and
    processes
  • Some Pacific people and communities are sick
    of being researched so
  • Build and nurture relationships with all Pacific
    Island communities
  • Invest time and resources to establish rapport
    with research participants
  • Treat all Pacific communities and participants
    courteously
  • and with respect
  • Use Appropriate Samoan/Pacific languages where
    necessary
  • Samoan and other pacific cultures value
  • -generosity and reciprocity
  • -respect and dignity
  • -recognition and courtesy

5
Research with Pacific peoples
  • Need for Research frameworks and methodologies
    that are responsive to Pacific communities needs
    and aspirations
  • Need to grow capacity and capabilities of Pacific
    researchers
  • Use Pacific languages when doing research with
    Pacific communities
  • Pacific research in New Zealand should be
    Pacific- or ethnic-specific, where necessary
  • Need for understanding and goodwill within
    government bureaucracies towards Pacific research
  • Need for real action not tokenism

6
Western Research Framework
  • Western ways dominant
  • Western knowledge epistemology
  • Western methodologies

7
MSD Pacific Strategy
  • Need for Pacific Research Framework
  • and Guidelines in MSD Pacific Strategy
  • Need for input from Pacific communities in
    planning, implementation, and development of
    Pacific research
  • Need for co-operation and sharing of research
    processes and information between MSD and other
    government sectors

8
Some Ethical Considerations
  • Avoid ambiguities and misunderstanding of
    concepts and terminologies
  • E.g. What is health in a Pacific context? Does
    health mean well-being or wellness?
  • Consult with MPIA and/or community
    representatives for clarification if needed
  • Provide appropriate meaalofa
  • Samoan and other pacific customs value
    generosity and reciprocity
  • Ensure research findings are disseminated to
    participants
  • Some Pacific people are sick of being
    researched

9
Future strategies
  • Incorporate elements of faasamoa/Pacific
    cultural values relevant to, and appropriate in
    development of MSDs future research frameworks
    and guidelines
  • Provide scholarships for Pacific students/staff
    in areas of social research, policy analysis,
    social work, etc., to grow MSD Pacific workforce
    and Pacific researcher capacity
  • Encourage intersectoral collaborations within
    government and non-government agencies on
    research with Pacific people
  • Incorporate long-term (10-year) Research Plan
    within the MSD Pacific Strategy, to ensure
    continuity of current momentum for Pacific
    research
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