Indigenous Community Researcher Program


Indigenous community researcher micro credentials

Recognising Indigenous researchers for their skills and expertise.

Indigenous research micro-credentials are awarded to Indigenous researchers who are proficient in ‘both-ways’ research in their communities. Awardees are qualified to undertake intercultural research under elder authority, while engaging with nonIndigenous partners and organisations.

These credentials operate as dual-academy credentials. They recognise research skills ‘in-place’, with each award requiring authorisation by Charles Darwin University and senior authorities within the community where the credential is awarded

 

Indigenous Research Collaborator 

Level: Beginner

Indigenous community researcher micro credentials

This credential is for people just beginning to explore research work. It supports young people to work with family members and CDU staff, and acknowledges the participation and contribution made by an Indigenous research collaborator to a  research project.

Eligibility:

This credential is available to Indigenous research mentorees working in teams with other Indigenous researchers and CDU staff on a research project in the Northern Territory. It is designed to acknowledge the recipient’s participation in the cross-cultural facilitation of community-based research, and the role they play as a young person learning from experienced researchers and family members.

Criteria for Assessment:

  • Attendance at a research induction meeting and identification of supervising Elder Indigenous authority
  • Creation of a research profile detailing who you are, and your previous work (including research experience)
  • Successful participation in one or more collaborative research projects undertaken under Elder Authority with local researchers and CDU staff.

Authorisation:

Credential will be authorised by an appropriate senior Indigenous authority and the Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, CDU.


   

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Indigenous Community-Based Researcher 

Level: Intermediate

Indigenous community researcher micro credentials

This credential provides opportunities for Indigenous people working in their home communities to learn about research work, and to be recognised for their skills in bilingual and inter-cultural facilitation of research. It includes on the job training, and collaborative work on a CDU research project.

Eligibility:

This credential is available to Indigenous community-based researchers working under the guidance of Elders or senior advisors and with CDU staff on a research project in the Northern Territory. It is a beginner level credential designed to recognise skills in cross-cultural facilitation and research within the recipients home community or region.

Criteria for Assessment:

  • Attendance at a research induction meeting and identification of supervising Elder Indigenous authority
  • Creation of a research profile detailing who you are, plus any previous work or research experience
  • Successful facilitation of one or more research interviews (or discussions)
  • Demonstrated understanding of research ethics and processes for informed consent
  • Demonstrated capacity to operate bilingually and/or biculturally in research situations
  • Production of a research output (e.g. video, audio recording, powerpoint presentation, written report etc)

Authorisation:

Credential will be authorised by an appropriate senior Indigenous authority and the Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, CDU.

Pathways to further study:

Completion of 3 of these credentials is recognised as the equivalent of 1 unit in the Diploma of Indigenous Research, CDU. Any researchers proceeding to the Diploma will be offered credit for this unit on entry.


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Senior Indigenous Community-Based Researcher 

Level: Experienced

This credential is available to senior Indigenous researchers with significant previous experience in intercultural research, and developing collaborations which engage different practices of knowledge and governance. It provides recognition of their prior learning and cultural authority.

Eligibility:

This credential is available to Indigenous researchers who can demonstrate significant previous experience carrying out research projects in the Northern Territory. They will also have experience in contributing to the design of projects, analysis of data and sharing findings with their community and other people.

Criteria for assessment:

This credential can be awarded on the completion of a research profile or e-portfolio detailing:

  • Who you are, your connection to particular people-places, and your previous work or research experience
  • Examples of 4 (or more) completed research projects, including:
    • Brief description of each project
    • Demonstrated understanding of research ethics and processes for informed consent
    • Identification of skills practiced and your contributions to each stage of the projects
    • A research output from each project (e.g. video, audio recording, powerpoint presentation, written report etc)
    • Any available photos or videos (optional)

Authorisation:

Credential will be authorised by an appropriate senior Indigenous authority and the Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, CDU.

Pathways to further study:

Completion of this credential is recognised as the equivalent of 1 unit in the Diploma of Indigenous Research, CDU. Any researchers proceeding to the Diploma will be offered credit for this unit on entry.


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Diploma of Indigenous Research

The Diploma of Indigenous Research offers opportunities for Indigenous researchers to build on the profound depth of research knowledge that exists within the traditions of Indigenous people within Australia. This course focuses on promoting knowledge and cultural traditions in research with Indigenous groups and suporting the positive contributions Indigenous researchers can made to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous society.

This course includes an on-ground research project where you will be supported to develop your own research work in urban or remote Aboriginal communities. All units in the course are available online and can be carried out in the places where you live and work.

This course is designed for Indigenous students.

Admission Criteria:

Applicants will need to have the ability to draw on important cultural knowledge and experiences, and observe relevant cultural protocols in the use of that knowledge to successfully complete this course. Consideration will be given to applicants who have relevant professional experience and knowledge in Indigenous work, and do not meet the University’s minimum entry requirements. 


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To apply for a credential contact:

Dr Michaela Spencer, Research Fellow & Indigenous Researchers Initiative, Northern Institute  T. 08 8946 7251│ 08 8946 7468 E. michaela.spencer@cdu.edu.au 

 

Looking for a Indigenous community based researcher? Our Indigenous Researchers Initiative (IRI) supports Indigenous researchers and evaluators seeking to collaborate with government, NGOs, universities or private organisations to provide research services in their home communities.  

Indigenous community researcher micro credentials