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Emancipatory Research Tools


To enhance the truthfulness of research with and for members of culturally marginalized communities, researchers must decolonize their thinking and knowledge basis. As part of this process, it is also imperative that emancipatory researchers utilize tools that reflect the worldviews and values of the population under investigation. At CRESTSprogram, we are developing culture-centered tools that minimize the hegemony typically found in diagnostic and assessment instruments. Additionally, we provide researchers with the training resources necessary to transform their research practices. Some of our emancipatory tools are noted below. For access, contact us at

Parent Proficients Questionnaire (PPQ-AA) for parents of Black Children

The PPQ-AA is a diagnostic tool developed to assist parents, specifically low-income African American parents, by identifying those parenting skills correlated with student academic success. The researchers conducted quantitative analyses of items extracted from the parent interview schedule of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten cohort (ECLS-K), a nationally representative dataset provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). These items were analyzed using SPSS (v.14) to determine which items were associated with academic achievement and the constructs that these items formed. The PPQ-AA aims to provide mental health professionals with a tool that can acknowledge and encourage existing capabilities to aid parents in strengthening those parenting behaviors and attitudes that correlate with positive academic outcomes for their children. Additionally, information about the PPQ-AA is available in our factsheet.

NOTE: We are in the process of developing the PPQ-LA for parents of Latino children.

Emancipatory Research Sorting Checklist

The Emancipatory Research Sorting Checklist is a resource for emancipatory researchers to self-assess their available tools to engage in research. Using the emancipatory research framework outlined in the CRESTS-Liberate credential program, researchers can determine which research tools might be least hegemonic and which are more liberatory.


Dictionary of Emancipatory Research

This compendium of terms is an excellent way to begin the journey toward decolonizing your research. The Dictionary of Emancipatory Research helps ground the research in a decolonizing framework. Additionally, having a glossary of terms for the research team allows for congruence and consistency across and throughout the research process. Participants in the CRESTS-Liberate credential program have found the Dictionary to be a significant tool in engaging community members in the research experience.

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