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A Community-Based Participatory Mixed-Methods Approach to Multicultural Media Research

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Abstract

This chapter critically reviews and discusses the methodological approach adopted by the Ottawa Multicultural Media Initiative (OMMI), a team-based, multidisciplinary, and multi-sectoral partnership project, examining the role of Multicultural Media (MCM) in fostering the settlement, integration, and well-being of four immigrant and ethnocultural communities in Ottawa, Canada – Chinese, Spanish-speaking Latin American, Somali, and South Asian. The project was carried out in accordance with key principles of community-based participatory research in the hopes to influence policy and standards and create a community action project for promoting newcomer well-being and inclusion, as these concepts are understood within specific ethnocultural and immigrant communities. To this end, a mixed-methods approach, including surveys, focus groups, media content analysis, and semi-structured interviews, was adopted, and all research instruments were developed in collaboration with multiple local community and municipal stakeholders. While navigating the challenges of participatory research (e.g., time constraints, competing expectations, and reiterative process), significant opportunities emerged to produce grounded and relevant research and policy outcomes that encompass the diverse needs and practices of the communities under study and are embedded within the local multicultural context. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the key insights gained from the OMMI experience that will help to advance more “holistic” approaches to the study of MCM in a variety of contexts for development and social change.

Keywords

  • Community-based participatory research
  • Ethnocultural
  • Knowledge mobilization
  • Immigrant communities
  • Mixed methods
  • Multicultural media
  • Partnership

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This research is part of the Ottawa Multicultural Media Initiative (OMMI) which was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (Project Number: 890–2010-0137).

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Ahmed, R., Veronis, L. (2018). A Community-Based Participatory Mixed-Methods Approach to Multicultural Media Research. In: Servaes, J. (eds) Handbook of Communication for Development and Social Change. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-7035-8_62-1

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