Rationale

Much of main stream research is conducted on topics and case studies with high generalization potential. As such, most policy is developed based on generalized research findings. The cummulative effect of the foregoing is twofold; cardinal community specific issues go unresearched and policy accuracy is compromised. it follows that some negative situations persist due to lack of scientific study and expert coordinated problem solving. Further, while expertise may be available and willingness prevalent, some community problems remain unresolved due to lack of funding.

Solution

The Wesbr Foundation becomes an open source platform on which experts can meet to conduct research on issues that affect the communities, with a view to enhancing quality of life, at community level. This is done by significantly sub-dividing the problem to the extent that the volunteer group achieves a large research milestone without each volunteer necessary doing much heavy lifting. Further, the platform becomes a socially and politically sensitive institution capable of raising funds to sponsor quality research.

Target

Topics of interest include: health, education and economic empowerment.

Volunteer Eligibility

Volunteers are divided into two categories: Research Associates and Research Assistants.

The requirements to volunteer as a research associate are as follows:

Must be 21 years and older; and

Must have a minimum of a degree or degree equivalent.

The requirements to volunteer as a research assistant are as follows:

Must be 18 years and older; and

Must hold a minimum of a Grade 12 School Certificate.

Mechanics

Step 1:  The Wesbr Foundation identifies a research topic and sets up the necessary structures such as: funding, acquires permissions and consents;

Step 2:  The Wesber Foundation creates an advert for a research opportunity on wesbrfoundation.org or other platform that can be verified on wesbrfoundation.org;

Step 3:  Volunteers fill out a Wesbr Foundation Volunteer form on wesbrfoundation.org or hardcopy;

Step 4:  The Wesbr Foundation evaluates the applications and selects suitable candidates for the project;

Step 5:  The Wesbr Foundation facilitates a workshop in which volunteers undergo short term orientation on the research by experts in the fields under focus; and

Step 6:  Volunteers begin the project.

Funding

The projects are principally crowd funded but may apply for project specific grants. Fund raising campaigns are initiated when projects are approved, unsolicited funds are nonetheless welcome and will strictly sit on the social research account until a project is approved.