The OFIFC has been practicing community-driven research for most of its history. In 2012, we developed the USAI Research Framework to guide all Aboriginal research projects conducted by the OFIFC. In a community-driven research model (as opposed to a community-based or placed models), communities have full control over research priorities, research processes, resources, methodologies, decision-making, and any actions coming out of research.
The USAI Research Framework emphasizes four principles: UTILITY, SELF-VOICING, ACCESS, and INTER-RELATIONALITY, and welcomes principled partnerships, ethical cooperation and meaningful collaboration, providing guidelines to protect integrity of Indigenous knowledge from the community perspective. We engage in research projects that recognize the principles behind the framework and agree to follow our research criteria and protocols