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Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach, Second Edition is an in-depth review of all of the research methods that communities can use to solve problems, develop their resources, protect their identities, and build power. With an engaging writing style and numerous real world examples, Randy Stoecker shows how to use a project-based research model in the community to: diagnose a community condition; prescribe an intervention for the condition; implement the prescription; and evaluate its impact. At every stage of this model there are research tasks, from needs and assets assessments to process and outcome studies. Readers 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.
Table of Contents
|Preface and Acknowledgments||p. xi|
|About the Author||p. xvii|
|"But I Don't…"||p. 1|
|"But I Don't Do Research"||p. 1|
|"But I Don't Do Community Work"||p. 3|
|"So What Is Research?"||p. 4|
|"Okay, So I Do Research Already. Why Do I Need to Learn About It?"||p. 8|
|"I'm Already Running Full-Out Managing Our Programs. How Can I Do More Research Too?"||p. 11|
|"I'm Still Not Convinced. But Just in Case, Where Do I Start?"||p. 13|
|"So Where Do I and My Community Fit In?"||p. 18|
|Conclusion and Coming Attractions||p. 20|
|The Goose Story||p. 21|
|The Goose Approach to Research||p. 25|
|Have You Ever Felt Like an Interloper?||p. 25|
|Participatory Action Approaches to Research||p. 27|
|A Participatory Action Research Approach||p. 31|
|Loose Gravel||p. 35|
|The Community Development Context of Research||p. 47|
|Learning from Pandora||p. 47|
|What Is Community Development?||p. 49|
|Research and Community Development||p. 52|
|Building Research Relationships in a Community Development Context||p. 56|
|Loose Gravel||p. 62|
|Head and Hand Together: A Project-Based Research Model||p. 75|
|The Head and Hand Split||p. 75|
|From Head and Hand to Research and Action||p. 77|
|Of Programs and Projects||p. 79|
|The Project-Based Research Model: Diagnose, Prescribe, Implement, Evaluate||p. 81|
|The Project-Based Research Model and Participatory Flexibility||p. 87|
|Where Are You In the Project Cycle?||p. 90|
|Loose Gravel||p. 92|
|How to Survive on a Deserted Island||p. 103|
|The Impetus for Diagnosis||p. 104|
|Structures for a Diagnostic Process: The Core Group||p. 106|
|Strategies for a Diagnostic Process: Problems, Opportunities, and Issues||p. 109|
|The Problems Approach: Needs Assessment||p. 110|
|The Opportunities Approach: Asset Mapping||p. 113|
|Of Needs and Resources||p. 115|
|Loose Gravel||p. 121|
|Prescribing: Researching Options||p. 129|
|Which Way Should You Go From Here?||p. 129|
|A Planning Approach||p. 131|
|Program Prescriptions||p. 132|
|The Special Case of Policy Prescriptions||p. 141|
|Loose Gravel||p. 148|
|Implementing: When Research Is the Project||p. 157|
|Making Who-ville Heard||p. 157|
|Research as Action||p. 159|
|Community Research||p. 162|
|Target Research||p. 169|
|Loose Gravel||p. 180|
|Back to the Future, or Messing With the Space-Time Continuum||p. 189|
|Choices in Evaluation||p. 192|
|Participatory Evaluation From the Beginning||p. 199|
|Participatory Evaluation as an Integrated Process||p. 203|
|Loose Gravel||p. 208|
|Beyond Information||p. 215|
|The Art of Paying Attention||p. 215|
|The Project-Based Research Cycle Revisited||p. 218|
|Role Models for Research as a Daily Practice||p. 221|
|Behind the Fun: Information Management and Information Technology||p. 223|
|Loose Gravel: Information Myths and Monsters||p. 227|
|Project-Based Research and the Future of Civilization||p. 232|
|In Conclusion||p. 233|
|Strategic Planning||p. 237|
|Research Ethics and the Institutional Review Board||p. 245|
|Writing Proposals||p. 255|
|Data Resources||p. 261|
|Author Index||p. 263|
|Subject Index||p. 269|
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