Attend to Different Needs and Preferences.

Which needs are already being considered in our project? Who do these considerations apply to? Who has been looked over or left out until now? How can we change that?

It is understandable that team members are focused on their own questions and tasks within the project. However, it is important that we keep in mind that everybody has a life outside the project which influences how (or if at all) they can participate.

We can start by actively including members of marginalised groups already during recruitment (e.g. via peer groups or community-based platforms). Offering meals during workshop days, adapting the project schedule to accommodate care responsibilities (e.g. if participants care for school children), as well as making counselling available will help more people participate in the project. Being flexible with regard to research modes (e.g. conducting interviews in person, via telephone, or through chat) creates more inclusivity. In order to create a safe environment, one should refrain from probing for information when participants are reluctant to share.