The Investigaytors is a free, volunteer training program for young gay, bi, queer, trans, and 2-Spirit men in Toronto who are interested in learning more about research. The Investigaytors equips young guys (aged 18-29) with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the field of gay men’s health research, and provides opportunities to apply these skills and gain practical research experience.
Our approach to education is interactive, hands on, and, most importantly, fun! We believe that “learning by doing” is an effective way to provide training and experience to interested young researchers. For our first research project, the Investigaytors will be engaged in the research needed to set up the first regular health survey for gay men in Ontario. We want this survey to ask the right questions and be sustainable – and be a platform for future research projects of the Investigaytors.
As an Investigaytor, you will:
- Develop research skills in community-based gay men’s health research, including conducting and analyzing interviews, focus groups, surveys, and other data.
- Develop written and presentation skills for sharing the findings of your research.
- Connect with researchers, service providers, and community leaders involved in gay men’s health in Ontario.
- Meaningfully contribute to ongoing research projects.
- Acquire a number of eLearning skills and practice.
The program is hosted by OurSpace, with support from the CRUISElab at the University of Toronto and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). Meetings will be held at the CRUISElab at the University of Toronto. Food and transit tokens are provided for every meeting.
For more information, please contact Aidan, the Investigaytors program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Investigaytors program was created by the Community-Based Research Centre for gay men’s health in Vancouver (cbrc.net/investigaytors).