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The Joint Research Practices Working Group (JRP) is chartered by the leadership at CHIBE and the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center to develop and disseminate best practices and guidelines for the conduct of inclusive and anti-racist research that advances the science and practice of health equity.

Read the JRP’s 2024 paper “Operationalizing Equity, Inclusion, and Access in Research Practice at a Large Academic Institution” published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and learn more about the group and its efforts in this article or see video below.

The team’s work was recognized with an honorable mention for Penn Medicine’s Champion in Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Award.

How We Hope to Help

The Joint Research Practices Toolkit

The JRP has developed a toolkit of evidence-based resources and provides hands-on training on how to practice research equitably as a resource for faculty and staff at CHIBE and PAIR and more broadly. This includes guides for readability and plain language, interpretation and translation, payment and incentives, and participant-centered research. The toolkit is free to use and available for everyone.

Language Interpretation

How do you use language services? This guide offers interpretation tips, including the do’s and don’ts of using an interpreter.


Template for proposals to external collaborating organizations.

Plain Language

What is plain language, and why is it important? Review the slides from this workshop to learn more.

Inclusive Language Guide

This guide promotes the use of inclusive and non-discriminatory language among researchers for scientific communications, including manuscripts and grants.

Payment and Incentives

This comprehensive guide offers advice on ethical and equity considerations, payment methods and timing, size of payment, and much more.

Quick Tips for Equitable Research Payments

Here’s a quick tip sheet to guide decision making around paying research subjects.

Participant-Centeredness Guide

This guide covers a variety of participant-centeredness topics that researchers should consider as they plan for their study budgets, protocols, and procedures.

Want to help?

Our goal is to promote a community of learning and sharing across our centers.

Stay up to date!

The JRP has a newsletter to keep you informed on new tools and resources.

Practicing Equitable Research & Knowledge Sharing (PERKS)

The JRP also recognized the potential value of cultivating a community of knowledge-sharing around ways to practice equitable research and has begun to offer PERKS calls (i.e., Practicing Equitable Research & Knowledge Sharing). CHIBE affiliates are encouraged to schedule a PERKS call if they are facing a barrier to practicing equitable research, such as implementing an inclusive research program, recruiting a representative sample, or incorporating a health equity lens into a grant proposal.


Practicing equitable research is hard. The JRP is here to help.

Request a PERKS call.

Connect with the Joint Research Practices team to request a PERKS call. Please include details about why you are requesting a call.

Research Areas

Learn more about the Joint Research Practices

Interested in collaborating with the Joint Research Practices working group on best practices and guidelines for the conduct of inclusive and anti-racist research? Get in touch to learn more about how we can work together.