Thought Space Wananga : a kaupapa Māori decolonizing approach to research translation
Smith, L.; Pihama, Leonie; Ngaropi, C.; Mataki, T.; Morgan, H.; Te Nana, R.
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Citation:Smith, L., Pihama, L., Ngaropi, C., Mataki, T., Morgan, H., & Te Nana, R. (2019). Thought Space Wananga—A Kaupapa Maori Decolonizing Approach to Research Translation. Genealogy — Open Access Journal , 3(4), 1-10. doi:10.3390/genealogy3040074
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/4951
This paper discusses an indigenous Maori approach, named Thought Space Wānanga, for sharing knowledge and accelerating the translation of research into practical outcomes through transformational practices, policies, and theory development. In contexts such as New Zealand, there is an increasing demand on all publicly funded researchers to demonstrate the impact of their research and to show pathways for achieving social and economic outcomes from single, focused projects. Knowledge translation is the most common term used to describe the link between research and impact and the process of turning research into results. While it is highly debatable whether planning for this at the front end of research will necessarily lead to such high-level outcomes being achieved, many indigenous researchers aim for their research to be translated into real world positive outcomes for indigenous communities. Thought Space Wananga is a facilitated process framed within Māori cultural protocols, designed to help indigenous Maori researchers meet that aspiration.