Last November, I went to the Innate Health Conference to share what was happening at the McVety Grant. Innate health practitioners were excited to hear about the new funding available for research. Practitioners shared their stories: what they were doing, with whom, and what impact they saw.

These practitioners, and others in our online community, serve different populations: children, prisoners, addicts, survivors, perpetrators, human resources, you name it and a population somewhere is learning about the three principles.

This is exciting to hear about, however, there is little to no communication between projects. Most people are working by themselves or are part of a very small team – sometimes just two people. Most practitioners are in the first stages of creating a project. They have taught 10, 20 or 30 people and they are in the process of formalizing their program. They hope their initial success will bring more interest.

Sound familiar? If you creating a program – how can you demonstrate the impact?

Through research!

Research happens everyday. Human beings can’t help it. We are inquisitive, curious, and want to know whats happening!

Asking a question is the beginning of a research project. The answer(s) to the question is the data. If you formalize that process, you can ask more then one person the question and together the answers form a data set that can be analyzed and shared.

Research can be open ended (qualitative) an interview on the participants experience, or it could be a very high-end research project (well-designed in advance of the offering, approved by a human ethics committee and executed with precision). Research is the process of collecting information about a program, writing up what is discovered, and sharing it with others.

While there definitely are some research processes that are better and more respected than others, asking questions and documenting the answers is integral to growing your program.

If you want to brainstorm simple ways to ask questions (research), collect feedback (data), explore ways to minimize bias and/or need help writing up (publish) the results – Reach out to me, I am happy to help!

The McVety grant is not just about funding high quality research with independent non-biased researchers, we also want to support three principles practitioners in gathering feedback and sharing their results.

If you are wondering, “But how can we measure something we can’t see?” Check back next week for the answer!