Call for Research Bids on Inclusion of Intersectional Identities

Call for Research Bid

Deadline: 10th July 09:00 CET

The International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) would like to commission a research study with the goal to investigate examples of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth organisations,their staff, volunteers and service users, practice inclusion and participation of people with intersectional identities.

Background and concepts

Intersectionality is the study of intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination. The concept of intersectionality comes from feminist theory, and, though the idea existed before, Kimberlé Crenshaw is credited with giving a name to the concept in 1989. The theory of intersectionality posits that the various strands of social identity do not exist independently, but interrelate.

IGLYO recognizes the various aspects of identity experienced by young LGBTQ people and celebrates the diversity such intersections afford the organisation.

The addition of intersectionality in the work of the organisation built upon a long tradition of recognising that LGBTQ young people are not only defined by their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or age, but that they have many different aspects of identity that are experienced at the same time, and in conjunction with the main foci of IGLYO.

 The approach of intersectionality takes into account all types of social, and cultural or other categories that contribute to an individual’s identity. However, in our activities through 2014, IGLYO has focused on four distinct aspects of identity: socioeconomic statuses, genders, (dis)abilities, and racial and ethnic identities. This work continues in 2015 to include homelessness and intersex identities.

Suggested research question and hypothesis

What are some significant examples of how LGBTQ youth organisations in Europe achieve inclusion of people with intersectional identities, both in terms of internal organization, as well as in the services they provide to their clients? By intersectional identities we refer to LGBTQ youth who are identified and affected by their socioeconomic status, (dis)ability, race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and gender identity and/or expression.

Hypothesis:

  • Inclusive organisations have distinct and enforceable policies regarding the involvement of LGBTQ youth with intersectional identities at all levels of organization.
  • Inclusive organisations have been actively reaching out to and empowering people with intersectional identities.
  • Inclusive organisations have invested resources in re-designing their environment in order to make it accessible.
  • Clients and staff with intersectional identities have had to be proactive in addressing access and inclusion issues within their organisations.
  • Clients and staff with intersectional identities are well represented in all organizational structures.

Methodology

 IGLYO expects the researcher to collect data from LGBTQ young people and from our Member Organisations, as well as other possible sources, as IGLYO will provide support in making connections between the researcher and the respondents. The applications should include a short review of the proposed study design, including information on the data collection methodology. IGLYO will evaluate the tenders in light of feasibility and how well the research methodology addresses the proposed research question.

 Expected deliverables and tasks

 Working in cooperation with IGLYO’s Capacity Building Officer and one IGLYO Board Member, the successful research will accomplish the following tasks:

  • Complete a study design which will clarify the research question, will outline the research methodologies and will present a timeline leading towards the production of the research report;
  • collect data through the proposed methodology from LGBTQ young people and from LGBTQ youth organizations, from a number of countries that will be decided together with IGLYO based on the proposed study design and on the available budget;
  • draft a report based on the analysis of the data collected, which should include recommendations that IGLYO will make to advocate for more intersectional approaches and strategies.

 Requirements

 The research will have:

  • demonstrable research and analytical skill
  • experience in designing, conducting and reporting research studies
  • preferably familiarity with LGBTQ organisations and networks in Europe
  • proficiency in writing in English.

Timeline

 The researcher and IGLYO will agree together on a realistic timeline for the completion of this research study. However, results should be available no later than end of November 2015. The bidding process will be finalized on July 15st and the successful bidder will be notified immediately.

Budget

The total budgeted amount for the completion of this research study is Euro 4.000 (including VAT). The bidders are expected to take this into consideration when proposing a study design. Normally, IGLYO makes a final payment upon the submission of the research report; however, payment terms can be negotiated with the successful bidder.

 Terms of reference

 In order to be considered for this research bid, please email us with the following items , before 10th July 09:00 CET

  • a resume or a statement of relevant experience;
  • a one page statement of interest;
  • a two page study design proposal, including a proposed data collection and analysis methodology and a timeline;
  • a sample of written work, preferably previous publications in journals.

IGLYO will evaluate the proposals based on a matrix that will rate the following criteria:

  • proposed research methodology
  • proposed fee
  • prior research experience
  • prior experience on LGBTQ issues.
  • other experience relevant to the proposed topic.

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us.

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