Research Tools

Everyone Belongs: A Toolkit for Applying Intersectionality

This toolkit was developed through a collaborative process with CRIAW’s partners for the Embracing the Complexity of Women’s Lives Project, with financial support from the Women’s Program, Status of Women Canada. For this project, CRIAW worked in partnership with the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, the Social Planning Council of Ottawa and the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association. The toolkit has been shaped through ideas expressed through CRIAW’s workshops and focus groups, which explored the practical applications of intersectionality in relation to policy, programs and services, research, and community education. It is written in plain language and offers practical suggestions and tools for applying this perspective within social justice and community organizations.

Intersectional Feminist Frameworks - An Emerging Vision

CRIAW has, for some years now, been engaged in a process of reconsidering mainstream approaches to questions of social and economic justice, particularly the ways in which feminist lenses are applied to government policies. One case in point is gender-based analysis (GBA). Over the last ten years, the Canadian government and many women’s and social justice organizations have adopted GBA to address the differential impact of policies and programs on women and men.

IFFs seek to validate and acknowledge the efforts of marginalized women and men to bring about change.

Participatory research and action: A Guide to Becoming a Researcher for Social Change

The purpose of this guide is to help you do research, communicate your research and act on your research, for positive social change.

This guide is an accessible tool for community organizations to plan, conduct and communicate their own participatory action research. It is written from a feminist perspective, but is aimed at all social justice organizations, not just women's organizations. Students and instructors may also find elements of this guide useful.

You will learn the basics about putting together a participatory research project, and how to turn the final recommendations into reality.

Using Intersectional Feminist Frameworks in Research... A resource for embracing the complexities of women's lives in the stages of research

This practical resource offers organizations and researchers insights and ideas on how to do research that centers on the complexities of people’s lives, and proposes workable and respectful solutions to issues of poverty and exclusion. Using an accessible language to present complex concepts backed up with concrete examples, it shows how research can account for the complex lived experiences of living in poverty and exclusion. At the same time, it lays out ideas on how social and economic policies and programs can become more holistic and humane.

The first part provides an accessible explanation of intersectional feminist frameworks (IFFs) based on CRIAW’s publication Intersectional Feminist Frameworks: An Emerging Vision. IFFs can offer flexible alternative approaches to deepening our understanding of oppression and inequality. The second part explores some innovative research examples that use intersectional approaches to examine issues and solutions to poverty and exclusion.