Given the array of methodological approaches guiding our work, research products in different issue areas range from informative fact sheets and statistical briefs to in-depth reports and academic articles, all designed to reach specific audiences, including legislators and policymakers, academics, community partners, and the media. We also incorporate new, creative ways of understanding issues and “telling the stories” from Latino communities through story banking, video production, and other media.
The Research Team also shares information by organizing and hosting forums, roundtables, and other gatherings. Through such convenings, we discuss the implications of recent research findings and serve as a platform for leading researchers and thinkers in the field. In 2009, for example, we hosted a forum on the state of Latino children and youth, attended by over 200 policymakers, advocates, community practitioners, and researchers, as well as a roundtable meeting with 13 NCLR Affiliates to gather information on the subject of green jobs and Latino workers. Our policy-oriented research is also disseminated by the team through panels, papers, and presentations at academic and other conferences.
Examples of recent external presentations by our team members include:
- Janis Bowdler, Credit Card Use among the Latino Population (Roundtable series on The Future of Fair Housing and Fair Credit, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, November 18, 2009).
- Patricia Foxen, Latino Youth Speak: Perceptions of Institutional Barriers and Opportunities in Education, Employment and Juvenile Justice (Presented at the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, Chicago, IL, September 25, 2009).
- Sara Benitez, The Challenges Involved in Collecting and Using Qualitative Research to Inform Public Policy (Presented at the American Anthropological Association, Association for Latino and Latina Anthropologists, Philadelphia, PA, December 5, 2009).
- Leticia Miranda, Latinos’ Participation in 401(k) Plans (Presented at Retirement USA, Washington, DC, October 21, 2009).