Informed decision-making is one of the most important skills to learn in order to become a successful social innovator. What should start with inspiration has to be backed by fact, what begins with hope needs to be supported by evidence.
Everyone has "learned" how to research in grade school - taking sources, mashing them up and regurgitating them in an appealing fashion. That isn't the type of research I'm talking about.
I mean meaningful research, drawing palpable ideas that lead to actionable conclusions. This is very difficult, considering the way in which a lot of research is locked behind garden walls but there is hope. Open access journals are abundant and meaningful findings are available on a whim.
Here are some sources for open access research:
- Public Library of Science
An incredible source of new and upcoming research written by a new generation of scientists. This is the place to start if you're embarking on a research project!
- Journal of Medical Internet Research
Planning on tackling a medical problem? Check JMIR out first to see what research is going on!
A simple Google search will yield hundreds of open access research - use them!
Let's make our social innovation palpable and actionable. Good research yields good decisions by good critical thinkers.