Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Research & Instruction, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
The University of Technology, Sydney, has published Gateways: International Journal of Community Research & Engagement (IJCRE) since 2008 in response to “a growing global movement of university-collaborative research initiatives . . . . to fill a gap created by the sparse number of journals which publish outcomes of community-engaged research and work concerning community engagement.” This open access peer-reviewed journal aims to combine knowledge that was formerly separated into academic and non-academic worlds, “the practice and processes of university-community engagement. It provides a forum for academics, practitioners and community representative to explore issues and reflect on practices relating to the full range of engaged activity.” Published annually, some volumes may be thematic, such as the seventh volume with articles originally presented at an international conference “to showcase the best practices in community-university partnerships worldwide, and create opportunities for innovation and successful collaborations.”
The latest volume demonstrates the types of community engagement research taking place. Also, many articles are co-authored, showing the collaborative effort of academics and practitioners through the research process all the way through “dissemination of knowledge.” This is evident in “Shifting the Evaluative Gaze: Community Based Program Evaluation in the Homeless Sector” authored by researchers from University of Victoria (Canada) and the Victoria Cool Aid Society, an organization which partners with Coalition to End Homelessness. The authors describe community based research (CBR) principles and practices and how “the production of knowledge and social change...address homelessness.” All of the authors reflected on their experience as researchers and service providers.
There is an even closer look at the academic and community relationship in the article “Research as Community-Building: Perspectives on the Scholarship of Engagement” written by Barry Checkoway, who self-identifies as “a community worker and university professor who practises ‘research as community-building’, that is, ‘research’ and ‘community-building’ as interrelated parts of the same process.” He gives some personal information about himself to explain why he chose research and community service work. His research is about the Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit program, developed to enable “young people to develop knowledge of their racial and ethnic identities and those of others; to build awareness of race and racism as forces in their lives; and to take specific actions against racism in their own lives.”
A detailed look at how an outreach project to an underrepresented community was integrated into that community’s traditional gathering is covered in “A Novel Recruiting and Surveying Method: Participatory Research During a Pacific Islander Community’s Traditional Cultural Event.” “This article describes how an unincorporated community coalition, Gaps in Services to Marshallese Task Force (GAPs), joined with the Northwest Arkansas Hometown Health coalition, state health department and local university to conduct a special population health survey of Marshallese, a Pacific Islander Community Living in Northwest Arkansas.” Collecting information about this population is especially challenging as it is usually subsumed within data about the Asian American or Pacific Islander population. This article was especially interesting as it discussed the research planning and the practical issues involved with collecting data.
Published annually, Gateways is jointly edited and managed by UTS Shopfront at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University, Chicago. Under the Author Guidelines, there is the emphatic statement, “This journal does not charge any type of article processing charge (APC) or any type of article submission charge.” Article PDFs available at no charge through UTS ePRESS, DOAJ and through EbscoHost databases.