The Right(s) Process: Documenting a Collaborative Research Initiative

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This publication documents the lessons learned from the process of implementing a four-country research project on sex work and violence through the narratives and reflections of those who participated in the research since its inception in 2011. The publication was commissioned by the Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalization (CASAM) in consultation with APNSW, UNDP, UNFPA and P4P (Asia-Pacific regional offices in Bangkok). Funding for the travel to conduct interviews towards this documentation was provided by UNDP.

This document chronicles the process behind the multi-country study ‘The Right(s) Evidence — Sex Work, Violence and HIV in Asia’, from the time of initiating the research in 2011 up to the completion of the regional report in December 2014. 

Data for the document was collected through interviews with community members who participated in the research, lead researchers, peer lead researchers, the Regional Steering Committee members and members of the four National Working Groups. Participation in this process documentation was voluntary. Care was taken to ensure informed consent from all participants in collecting their views. The purpose of this document was explained in detail and the interviews with sex workers were conducted in the presence of sex worker community leaders from each country or in the presence of the study's researchers. In some cases, the interviews were conducted over email and facilitated by the country researchers and members of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers.
Author's Note
Exective Summary
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Shaping the Research Inititative
Chapter 3: Research Design: Ethics and Safety First
Chapter 4: Developing and Managing the Research
Chapter 5: National Working Groups: Strengthening Government and Stakeholder Involvement
Chapter 6: Ensuring Community Engagement
Chapter 7: In the Final Analysis
List of Interviewees for the Process Document
Chapter 3 – ‘Research Design: Ethics & Safety First’ – describes the methodology used to ensure that this multi-country research project on sex work captured the specific and different contexts in which sex workers of all genders across the four countries experience violence. The chapter also sets out 9 ‘Ethical guidelines’ that regional research projects on violence and sex workers were to follow as basic principles.
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