What do Researchers do?
PRISM’s Research Task Force digs deep to collect information and data for key programs within our organization. Between making sure our STI Clinic Search is up-to-date and gathering insightful data about our community, our Researchers provide us with the information we need to address South Florida’s problems effectively.
Who makes up the Research Task Force?
To make sure the gears run smoothly, PRISM's Research Director oversees all of the keyboard-tapping, data-collecting, and function-making goodness and keeps everyone on their toes.
Survey Program Manager
Our Survey Program Manager deals with all the nitty-gritty that comes with gathering information. They oversee external and internal surveying and our general community wellness and needs surveying to ensure only the most accurate information is collected. They also manage PRISM’s Survey Participant listserv, which connects those interested in participating in surveys with opportunities from PRISM and partnering organizations.
STI Clinic Search Manager
Our STI Clinic Search Manager oversees the STI Clinic Search, which provides access to information about free and low-cost STI testing centers in South Florida. This also includes the STI Clinic Vetting Program, which takes volunteers through the full process of getting tested from walk-ins or making an appointment to getting their results back, and the Certified Partner Program, which builds direct relationships with the testing sites we refer to.
PRISM's initiatives, surveys, and other programs give us all sorts of info, but it's no use if we don't know what any of it means! Analysts sift through all of the data points to find patterns and statistics of interest.
What programs is the Research Task Force working on?
STI Clinic Vetting Program
Part of PRISM's sexual health resources is the STI Clinic Search, which provides access to information about free and low-cost STI testing centers in South Florida. In order to ensure the clinics we refer are reputable, respectful, and safe, our Research Task Force oversees the STI Clinic Vetting Program, which takes volunteers through the full process of getting tested, from walk-ins or making an appointment to getting their results back. The feedback volunteers provide about their experience at clinics helps give us a clear picture of the quality of the testing location.
#StayGay is a coalition of nonprofits, queer creators, and youth activists spearheaded by PRISM FL, Inc, who are banding together to make sure corporations #StayGay. That doesn't just mean keeping up their rainbow logos; it's real, tangible contributions to organizations on the ground in Florida. The Research Task Force gathers data on everything from corporate pride month campaigns to political donations to peel back the curtain on rainbow capitalism.
Survey Participant Listserv
The Survey Participant Listserv is an email group for those interested in participating in a wide range of studies conducted by PRISM or other organizations and researchers across the country. There is a dearth of fair and equitable research about marginalized folx, and we're here to change that!
Our Research Task Force is always developing more programs and resources to keep up the fight for LGBT youth. Check back here or sign up for our newsletter to find out about future initiatives!
How do I join the Research Task Force?
Interested in helping out?
Our Research Task Force also has monthly meetings to discuss future programs, give updates, and provide more information to new members. It's open to all, and you can even get the chance to earn community service hours for attending!