Integrating Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDII) in Research

Queen’s University is committed to advancing the principles of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDII) in all aspects of research including the production of knowledge, equitable access to funding opportunities, and inclusive and diverse research team composition. The University recognizes that EDII policies and practices strengthen the research community, as well as the quality, social relevance, outcomes, and impacts of research. Researchers are expected to follow all applicable institutional policies, procedures and practices supporting EDII and advancing its goals within the University.

Queen’s University has proudly endorsed the Government of Canada's Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada charter. Dimensions Canada is a national program to increase EDI within Canada's post-secondary institutions and the university research ecosystem.

University Research Services has compiled a “toolkit” of useful EDII resources to help our research and innovation community implement EDII policies and practices into their respective research programs, projects and research environments. This page is updated on an ongoing basis, so please check back often for updates.

EDI Practices for Team Composition and Training

Diversity in Research Design

  • Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research - SSHRC guidelines that should be used as a reference for applications related to Indigenous research
  • Sex- and Gender-based analysis - CIHR website that provides an overview of key terms, online training, and key resources for researchers 
    • Appropriate integration of sex & gender in research - CIHR website outlining key considerations for the appropriate integration of sex and gender in research.
    • SGBA online training - short training videos on SGBA from CIHR.
    • Applying GBA+ to your work - Status of Women Canada webpage  that provides examples of how "gender-based analysis plus" (GBA+) can be applied to different workplace issues. 
      • GBA+ training - Status of Women Canada training course on GBA+
  • CIHR – Sex and Gender Champions
    • A Sex and Gender Champion is a researcher who possesses or acquires expertise in the study of sex as a biological variable and/or gender as a social determinant of health. This page will describe the best practices for including a Sex and Gender Champion in your projects.
  • Status of Women Canada – Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)
    • GBA+ is an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men, and gender diverse people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. The “plus” in GBA+ is not just about differences between biological (sexes) and socio-cultural (genders). We all have multiple characteristics that intersect and contribute to who we are. GBA+ considers many other identity factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability and how the interaction between these factors influences the way we might experience government policies and initiatives.
  • Women’s College Hospital Women’s Xchange – The Health Researcher’s Toolkit: Why Sex & Gender Matter
    • The seven modules included in this toolkit introduce key concepts, definitions, and short video lectures from research experts on integrating sex and gender into a variety of research methodologies – from secondary data analysis to concept mapping. Case studies, knowledge reviews, and short quizzes all help reinforce the described steps and strategies.
  • Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment
    • Gendered Innovations harness the creative power of sex, gender, and intersectional analysis for innovation and discovery. Considering these approaches may add valuable dimensions to research. They may take research in new directions.
  • Setting New Directions to Support Indigenous Research and Research Training in Canada 2019-2022
    • This Tri-Council plan, co-developed with Indigenous Peoples, addresses key principles of self-determination, decolonization of research, accountability and equitable access. 
    • Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide - Defines appropriate use of Tri-Council funds.
  • Canada Research Coordinating Committee: Strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion in research
    • By considering differing views, ideas and approaches, equitable and inclusive practices help promote research excellence that better addresses the needs of a diverse Canadian population.

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