Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach
SAGE, Feb 15, 2005 - Social Science - 271 pages
Everyone is a member of a community, and every community is continually changing. To successfully manage that change, community members need information. Research Methods for Community Change is an in-depth review of all of the research methods that communities use to solve problems, develop their resources and protect their identities.
With an engaging, friendly style and numerous real world examples, author Randy Stoecker shows readers how to use a project-based research model in the community. The four features of the model are:
∑ Diagnosing a community condition
∑ Prescribing an intervention for the condition
∑ Implementing the prescription
∑ Evaluating its impact.
At every stage of this model there are research tasks, from needs and assets assessments at the diagnosis stage to process and outcome studies at the evaluation stage. Readers will also learn the importance of involving community members at every stage of the project and in every aspect of the research, making the research part of the community-building process.
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But I Dont Do Research
So What Is Research?
Okay So I Do Research Already Why Do I Need to Learn About It?
Im Already Running FullOut Managing Our Programs How Can I Do More Research too?
Im Still Not Convinced But Just In case Where Do I Start?
So Where Do I and My Community Fit In?
Conclusion and Coming Attractions
The Goose Story
Prescribing Researching Options
Services and Policies
A Planning Approach
The Special Case of Policy Prescriptions
The Goose Approach to Research
Participatory Approach to ProjectBased Research
A Participatory Approach to ProjectBased Research
The Researcher Side
The Community Side
Head and Hand Together A ProjectBased Research Model
From Head to Hand to Research and Action
Of Programs and Projects
diagnose Prescribe Implement Evaluate
The Project Model and Participatory Flexibility
Where Are You In the Project Cycle?
The Impetus for Diagnosis
The Core Group
Problems and Opportunities
Of Needs and Resources
Implementing When Research Is the Project
Research as Action
Choices in Evaluation
Participatory Evaluation From the Beginning
Participatory Evaluation as an Integrated Process
Beyond Information Research as an Organizational Lifestyle
The ProjectBased Research Cycle Revisited
Role Models for Research as a Daily Practice
Information Management and Information Technology
Information Myths and Monsters
About the Author