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: A Project-Based Approach 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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Acknowledgments 1. "But I Don't Do Research" "But I Don't Do Research" "So What Is Research?" "Okay, So I Do Research Already. Why Do I Need to Learn About It?" "I'm Already Running Full-Out Managing Our Programs. How Can I Do More Research Too?" "I'm 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 Resources Notes 2. The Goose Approach to Research Have You Ever Felt Like an Interloper? Participatory Approaches to Research A Participatory Approach to Project-Based Research Building Participatory Relationships: The Researcher Side Building Participatory Relationships: The Community Side Loose Gravel Conclusion Resources Notes 3. Head and Hand Together: A Project-Based Research Model The Head and Hand Split From Head and Hand to Research and Action Of Programs and Projects The Project Model: Diagnose, Prescribe, Implement, Evaluate The Project Model and Participatory Flexibility Where Are You In the Project Cycle? Loose Gravel Conclusion Resources Notes 4. Diagnosing How to Survive on a Deserted Island The Impetus for Diagnosis Structures for a Diagnostic Process: The Core Group Strategies for a Diagnostic Process: Problems and Opportunities The Problems Approach: Needs Assessment The Opportunities Approach: Asset Mapping Of Needs and Resources Loose Gravel Conclusion Resources Notes 5. Prescribing: Researching Options Which Way Should You Go From Here? Inward-Looking vs. Outward-Looking Social Change: Services and Policies A Planning Approach The Special Case of Policy Prescriptions Loose Gravel Conclusion Resources Notes 6. Implementing: When Research Is the Project Making Who-ville Heard Research as Action Community Research Target Research Loose Gravel Conclusion Resources Notes 7. Evaluation Back to the Future, or Messing With the Space-Time Continuum Choices in Evaluation Participatory Evaluation From the Beginning Participatory Evaluation as an Integrated Process Loose Gravel Conclusion Resources Notes 8. Beyond Information: Research as an Organizational Lifestyle The Montessori, Goose Approach, Popular Education, Tennis Coach Model of Project-Based Research The Project-Based Research Cycle Revisited Role Models for Research as a Daily Practice Behind the Fun: Information Management and Information Technology Loose Gravel: Information Myths and Monsters In Conclusion Notes Appendix A: Strategic Planning Appendix B: Research Ethics Appendix C: Writing Proposals Appendix D: Data Resources Index About the Author
Randy Stoecker is a Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, with a joint appointment at the University of Wisconsin Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. He is the moderator/editor of COMM-ORG: The On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development (http://comm-org.wisc.edu). His areas of expertise include community organizing and development, participatory action research/evaluation, and community information technology. He helped build and evaluate university-community collaborations through the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation's Learn and Serve America Community Research Project. He is author of Defending Community (1994) co-author of Community-Based Research and Higher Education (2003), and co-editor of The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning (2009).