One of the biggest take-away messages from this course is to be flexible and respectful when working with an energy development community. Be prepared to graciously accept no as an answer and work with communities to find ways for your research to help them. Follow through with what you say you will do, including getting communities the results of your research in a format that is useful to them.
Lessons Learned after Four Years of Research
Kris Smith reflects on what she has learned about community-based participatory research. (video length: 1:06)
If you have not done so already, we encourage you to download a free workbook and planning guide called "Engaging in Energy Communities: The role of the researcher," which complements the online course and is available for free download at EnergyImpacts.org [Use of the workbook is not required but will enhance the material presented in the online course].