Brief Conducting Research with the Deaf Community
Teresa Crowe, Malore Dusenbery, Jeanette Hussemann
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When embarking on research with the deaf community, it is important to consider culturally appropriate data collection methods out of respect for participants and to obtain better data. In this brief, we describe the methods we used to conduct a process evaluation of Barrier Free Living’s (BFL’s) Deaf Services (DS) program, which aims to increase access to direct services for domestic violence survivors who are deaf and increase local stakeholders’ awareness of deaf survivors’ needs in New York City. To make our evaluation culturally appropriate, it was key to (1) build trust with the deaf community we engaged in the study; (2) ensure one of the researchers was fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), which enabled direct communication with deaf staff and consumers;  (3) use interpreters and technologies to support communication with deaf participants; and (4) modify data collection procedures and tools to ensure they were accessible. These strategies helped us secure buy-in and support from stakeholder partners and center the perspectives of Deaf, deaf, and hard-of-hearing staff and survivors. We present considerations and lessons learned from our evaluation to encourage other researchers to pursue culturally appropriate research in the deaf community.

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety
Tags Family violence Community engagement
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center
Research Methods Community-engaged methods Data collection Research methods and data analytics
States New York
Cities New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA