Guidelines for Affiliated Research Institutions

Affiliated research institutions are DACB partner institutions in Europe. These institutions:

  • possess valuable archives on African and missionary subjects of interest to DACB researchers
  • have connections to African educational institutions or are open to establishing such ties in view of the DACB project
  • can accomodate the presence of DACB researchers and facilitate their participation in courses offered at their institutions
  • in some cases, have a network of local research-related contacts useful to DACB researchers.

1. Each research institution will designate a DACB research / liaison coordinator to serve as the official communication facilitator between the institution and the Boston University office of the DACB.

2. When a Project Luke fellow, specifically co-sponsored by the Overseas Ministries Study Center and the DACB research institution, is headquartered at that specific research institution for any period of time, the designated liaison coordinator is responsible for verifying that the Project Luke fellow completes a mutually agreed upon number of biographies for inclusion in the DACB.

3. Stories submitted must conform to the DACB’s “Guidelines for Researchers and Writers.”

4. While the Project Luke fellow or other DACB-related scholar is headquartered at one research institution, he or she is encouraged to take advantage of other local research facilities (archives, museums, libraries). The home research institution is expected to consult with those institutions to verify the adequacy and accuracy of the biographical research and the integrity of the stories submitted.

5. The designated research / liaison coordinator appointed is responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the biographical stories prior to submitting them to the Boston University office. Each story accepted for inclusion in the dictionary will be identified with the name of the author, the research / liaison coordinator, and the research institution.

  • Forwarding biographical stories to the DACB office. The designated DACB liaison coordinator will see that the completed stories are forwarded to the Boston University offices of the DACB.
  • Receiving a copy of the DACB CD-ROM. Once the stories have been entered into the electronic database, a copy of the entire database on a CD-ROM will be returned to the research institution via the DACB liaison coordinator.
  • Register of participating and affiliated institutions. Research institutions will be listed on the DACB Web site’s annually revised DACB Register of Participating and Affiliated Institutions.

Expectations and Provisions For Liaison Coordinators

Liaison coordinators are expected to:

  • Serve as official liaison between their institutions and DACB offices at Boston University
  • Encourage the researching and recording of the biographies of Christians (lay and clerical, indigenous and foreign) who are deemed to have made a significant contribution to the founding, nurture and vitality of a church or churches in Africa
  • Function as the institutional depository of all such stories
  • Forward the collected biographical studies to the DACB offices at Boston University
  • Provide DACB information on request to those interested in participating in the project

Services rendered by liaison coordinators are on a strictly voluntary basis, and there is no provision for remuneration. Nevertheless–

  • Liaison coordinators will be identified in the DACB literature.