Research Methods for Community Change : A Project-Based Approach

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-09
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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 Acknowledgmentsp. xi
About the Authorp. 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 Attractionsp. 20
The Goose Storyp. 21
Resourcesp. 22
Notesp. 22
The Goose Approach to Researchp. 25
Have You Ever Felt Like an Interloper?p. 25
Participatory Action Approaches to Researchp. 27
A Participatory Action Research Approachp. 31
Loose Gravelp. 35
Conclusionp. 43
Resourcesp. 44
Notesp. 45
The Community Development Context of Researchp. 47
Learning from Pandorap. 47
What Is Community Development?p. 49
Research and Community Developmentp. 52
Building Research Relationships in a Community Development Contextp. 56
Loose Gravelp. 62
Conclusionp. 71
Resourcesp. 72
Notesp. 72
Head and Hand Together: A Project-Based Research Modelp. 75
The Head and Hand Splitp. 75
From Head and Hand to Research and Actionp. 77
Of Programs and Projectsp. 79
The Project-Based Research Model: Diagnose, Prescribe, Implement, Evaluatep. 81
The Project-Based Research Model and Participatory Flexibilityp. 87
Where Are You In the Project Cycle?p. 90
Loose Gravelp. 92
Conclusionp. 98
Resourcesp. 99
Notesp. 99
Diagnosingp. 103
How to Survive on a Deserted Islandp. 103
The Impetus for Diagnosisp. 104
Structures for a Diagnostic Process: The Core Groupp. 106
Strategies for a Diagnostic Process: Problems, Opportunities, and Issuesp. 109
The Problems Approach: Needs Assessmentp. 110
The Opportunities Approach: Asset Mappingp. 113
Of Needs and Resourcesp. 115
Loose Gravelp. 121
Conclusionp. 124
Resourcesp. 125
Notesp. 125
Prescribing: Researching Optionsp. 129
Which Way Should You Go From Here?p. 129
A Planning Approachp. 131
Program Prescriptionsp. 132
The Special Case of Policy Prescriptionsp. 141
Loose Gravelp. 148
Conclusionp. 153
Resourcesp. 154
Notesp. 155
Implementing: When Research Is the Projectp. 157
Making Who-ville Heardp. 157
Research as Actionp. 159
Community Researchp. 162
Target Researchp. 169
Loose Gravelp. 180
Conclusionp. 182
Resourcesp. 183
Notesp. 184
Evaluationp. 189
Back to the Future, or Messing With the Space-Time Continuump. 189
Choices in Evaluationp. 192
Participatory Evaluation From the Beginningp. 199
Participatory Evaluation as an Integrated Processp. 203
Loose Gravelp. 208
Conclusionp. 211
Resourcesp. 212
Notesp. 212
Beyond Informationp. 215
The Art of Paying Attentionp. 215
The Project-Based Research Cycle Revisitedp. 218
Role Models for Research as a Daily Practicep. 221
Behind the Fun: Information Management and Information Technologyp. 223
Loose Gravel: Information Myths and Monstersp. 227
Project-Based Research and the Future of Civilizationp. 232
In Conclusionp. 233
Notesp. 234
Strategic Planningp. 237
Research Ethics and the Institutional Review Boardp. 245
Writing Proposalsp. 255
Data Resourcesp. 261
Author Indexp. 263
Subject Indexp. 269
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