Student-lead research is crucial to the RESPE: Ayiti model. The community of Balan plays a key role in shaping the focus and the scope of the research topics and projects. The participation of community members in planning and directing activities within Balan is essential to learning more about Balan and gathering data that will serve the community's interest. Mentors, which include faculty members, local community leaders, and other individuals, offer knowledge and guidance both in Boston and in Haiti. The end result is a compilation of quantitative and qualitative information that is shared with the community members of Balan, Tufts, and Boston.