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Selecting research partners checklist

Research Systems Advisor, International Rescue Committee

The IRC often works with research partners because they can contribute:

  • Specific technical and methodological expertise
  • Scientific credibility and independence
  • Access to a different network of donors, researchers and practitioners
  • Different perspectives on IRC’s programming

When working with research partners, IRC’s experience confirms that selecting the right partners is key to success. Strong research partnerships require a clear understanding of mutual motivations, capacities, and roles and responsibilities. The objective of the following checklist is to help IRC vet research partners and identify key points to cover while identifying and selecting research partners. Upfront investment in ensuring that IRC and its partners are aligned in purpose and in their understanding of the research project will pay off.

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