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Resources for Inclusive and Equitable Research

APA Bias-Free Language
The American Psychological Association emphasizes the need to talk about all people with inclusivity and respect. These guidelines for bias-free language contain both general guidelines for writing about people without bias across a range of topics and specific guidelines that address the individual characteristics of age, disability, gender, participation in research, racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality. These guidelines and recommendations were crafted by panels of experts on APA’s bias-free language committees. 

Citations: Gender Balance Assessment Tool (GBAT)
Women are cited less often than men, and are also underrepresented in syllabi. Yet even well-meaning scholars may find that they have difficulty assessing how gender-balanced their bibliographies and syllabi really are. Counting is tedious and prone to human error, and scholars may not know the gender identities of all the authors they cite. This tool aims to help with that, by automating the process of evaluating the (probabilistic) gender of each name and then providing an estimate of what percentage of the authors on a syllabus are women. This tool also has a race option, although it acknowledges its lack in accuracy. 

Racial Equity Tools
Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, data collection methods, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large

What is Inclusive Research?
This book by Melanie Nind describes and defines inclusive research, outlining how to recognize it, understand it, do it, and know when it is done well. In doing so it will address the areas of overlap and distinctiveness in relation to participatory, emancipatory, user-led and partnership research as well as exploring the various practices encompassed within each of these inclusive approaches.

The book will focus on how and why more inclusive approaches to research have evolved. It will position inclusive research within the key debates and shifts in policy, define key ideas and terms, discuss the contested nature of inclusive research and illustrate a range of approaches using exemplars. The aim is to discuss the range of challenges involved and to examine the degree to which these challenges have so far been met.

Conscious Style Guide
The first website devoted to conscious language. Our mission is to help writers and editors think critically about using language—including words, portrayals, framing, and representation—to empower instead of limit. In one place, you can access style guides covering terminology for various communities and find links to key articles debating usage. We study words so that they can become tools instead of unwitting weapons.

Project Implicit
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaborative network of researchers investigating implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings that are largely outside of conscious awareness and control. Project Implicit is the product of a team of scientists whose research produced new ways of understanding attitudes, stereotypes and other hidden biases that influence perception, judgment, and action.

Project Implicit translates that academic research into practical applications for addressing diversity, improving decision-making, and increasing the likelihood that practices are aligned with personal and organizational values.

Intersectionality-informed Quantitative Research: A Primer 
This publication by Setareh Rouhani illustrates the possibilities and challenges of intersectionality-informed quantitative research and the potential to transform traditional quantitative research methods in ways that more effectively capture social and health inequities. 

How to Embed a Racial and Ethnic Equity Perspective in Research 
A step by step guide to incorporate equity principles in social science research and to understand how race and ethnicity contribute to disparate results.

NAS Resources on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Research in social science, medicine, and other fields can shed light on the factors that drive systemic racial inequalities -- not only in society at large, but also within the sciences, engineering, and medicine -- with the goal of finding solutions based on evidence. A range of studies, webinars, and other activies at the National Academies have explored this research some of which is highlighted here.