We (Grace and Rixey) want to be accountable in three specific ways:

  1. Do research that benefits street medics, particularly medics who participated in mobilizations under investigation.
  2. Cause no harm to anyone who participated in mobilizations under investigation; be aware, accessible, and accountable if harm is done.
  3. Provide clear, timely, accessible information to stakeholders about the project's purpose and timeline, information we use, and how it is used; invite stakeholders to ask questions and challenge our plans.

Community advisors will provide oversight and we will send regular updates to stakeholders.


Each advisor will represent the stakeholders in one mobilization. There will be Sandy mobilization advisors (Miriam/Brian) and Ferguson mobilization advisors (Andrea/Marta). The advisor must meet with general approval of stakeholders in the mobilization. We encourage advisors to work with a buddy.

  • The advisor will be identified to stakeholders. She must be accessible and approachable to stakeholders, and make a reasonable attempt to communicate with all of them at least once during the project.
  • The advisor's role involves discussing the project, raising questions and concerns, and making suggestions in order to benefit stakeholders and prevent them from being harmed.
  • The advisor must stay on top of developments in the project by proactively communicating with us at least once a month. The advisor must be able to explain the state of the project to stakeholders and to challenge us to meet the three accountability goals: (1) Help medics, (2) Harm no one, (3) Be transparent to stakeholders.
  • The advisor has the power to shut down lines of inquiry, change the focus of the project, modify the methodology, or stop investigation of their mobilization, unless the advisor is not acting in the interest of stakeholders.


Before we analyze data, we will:

  • With advisor's help, list stakeholders in each document pool.
  • Notify stakeholders in writing of the project's purpose and timeline, information we plan to use, how we plan to use it, and how to contact us and the community advisor.
  • Invite stakeholders to ask questions and challenge our plans, directly or via advisor.

Throughout the project, we will:

  • Send monthly written updates to stakeholders (unless they opt out).
  • Answer stakeholder questions in a timely manner (not more than a week wait).
  • On request, share documents we are analysing or plan to analyze with stakeholders.
  • Not share unfinished drafts, but answer questions about content.

Community advisors will support us if we have ethical questions or get overwhelmed by stakeholder information requests.

Community advisors

These medics are independent from the project but provide us with direction and oversight. You can contact them to ask questions or express concerns confidentially.

  • Andrea and Marta, members of Gateway Region Action Medics (GRAM): moc.liamg|scidem.lts#moc.liamg|scidem.lts


  • Anna Grace Keller, independent scholar (member of Katuah Medics). Phone: (504) 710-1604. Email: moc.liamy|rellekrecarg#moc.liamy|rellekrecarg.
  • Rixey Browning, independent scholar, independent street medic. Phone: (301) 639-0514. Email: ten.puesir|llaroferac#ten.puesir|llaroferac.
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