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ECC Research Journal

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RID SWOT Analysis

● Leadership support for institutional research initiatives
● Select competent faculty members express willingness to serve on research
committees
● Select committee members possess essential research skills
● Availability of contract workers, students workers, and practicum students to serve as
research assistants
● ECC readiness to design and implement a research centre to offer services to internal
and external stakeholders

● Limited human resource personnel to facilitate all institutional research needs and to
action consultancy services
● Inadequate data analysis software to analyze findings (e.g. no/limited access to SPSS)
● Resistance from some academic staff towards research.
● Inadequate infrastructural resources (space, computers) with regards to best practice
for Research.
● Inadequate use of data optimally to address institutional strategic goals.
● Inability to effectively mobilise faculty to engage in institutional research to inform
decision making at the School or faculty level.
● Lack of resources such as time, infrastructure, and meaningful rewards to motivate
staff involvement in research activities
● Limited grant writing initiatives undertaken due to competing priorities
● Delays in the launch of the ECC Academic Journal (ECCAJ)

● National Youth Service workers available during the summer (workers could provide
short term employment solutions for institutional research projects/initiatives)
● Availability of Industry Players and tertiary institutions with whom to establish
partnerships (partnerships are likely to result in: students being engaged in meaningful
real life research experiences that will enrich their learning experiences, open
opportunities for students to present their research papers at conferences nationally,
regionally and internationally)
● Availability of donor agencies with whom ECC can partner for mutual benefit
● Partnerships with international institutions such as Niagara College and Hocking
College (partnerships will open opportunities for: 1. continued training and
development of ECC staff and students in emerging research best practices; 2.
infrastructural support; 3. Provide support in facilitating and sustaining a rich research
culture)

Macro and micro economic challenges in Jamaica, impacting budgetary constraints

RID Strategies

In order to facilitate the goals and objectives of the RID, the following strategies are
prioritized:

  • Develop a plan of action to foster and sustain a research culture among staff and students
  •  Ensure that all institutional research studies undertaken by the RID are ethical,
    reliable and valid.
  •  Ensure training and development and recruitment initiatives of the RID are equitable
    and fair to all stakeholders
  • Develop and implement best practices in execution and dissemination of research
    findings
  • Develop policies and procedures to facilitate recognition of research work of both faculty and students
  • Develop a fully functioning research unit that will offer research consultancy services to internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop a cadre of student-centered initiatives aimed at developing graduates
    competent in diverse research methodologies.
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