Setting Clear Expectations
Everyone knows what is expected of them and what to expect from the research.
Not sharing clear expectations at the beginning of a research process can lead to problems such as a lack of engagement, breakdown of communication, disillusionment and, at worst, feeling exploited or bypassed.
Setting clear expectations is important in all research, so that everyone knows what is expected of them and what to expect of others and from the research process. As well as being an example of good [4.31 Interpersonal Relations] and [2.07 Promoting wellbeing], where everyone has clear expectations [3.09 Collective Active Learning] should be enhanced as well as opportunities for [3.01 Making a Difference].
In [3.07 Detached Research] expectations may not be made clear - this may be less important where Transition members are not actively involved in the research. In forms of collaborative research such as [3.03 Participatory Action Research], sharing expectations is an essential component of success.
Expectations may differ, and so they need to be subject to some negotiation. Mechanisms for setting expectations should be set up, such as initial meetings, regular evaluation of roles and opportunitites to feedback raising concerns or suggestions. A [4.13 Memorandum of Understanding] is a very useful tool here.
Setting clear expectations does not imply that research does not change - see [4.04 Space for the Unexpected]. It does mean that everyone needs to be aware of changes that take place.
Ensure that throughout the research, everyone knows what is expected of them and what to expect from the research.