Research Methods for Community Change A Project-Based Approach

ISBN-10: 0761928898
ISBN-13: 9780761928898
Edition: 2005
Authors: Randy Stoecker
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List price: $63.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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. Research Methods for Community Change is perfectly suited as a text for undergraduate and graduate research methods courses across the social sciences, including sociology, social work, and public health. Community service workers, professional researchers, and consultants will also find this an invaluable guide to effecting change in their communities. "At last! A concise, insightful and highly useful book on research methods for community action and social change. Drawing from his own rich experiences as well as from broader literature and examples, Stoecker demonstrates that valuable research is not the monopoly of professional researchers, but can be used by people anywhere as a tool for organizing and developing their communities.  Highly readable, grounded in analysis, and full of practical approaches, this book will be an important resource for activists, students, scholars, policy makers and community development practitioners who seek to use research for more effective and sustainable change. John Gaventa, Fellow, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex, U.K. Drawing from his own experiences and from case studies from across the nation, Stoecker offers an empowering and remarkably accessible discussion of how project-based research models build community and democracy by redistributing both power and responsibility. It is an informative and valuable text that makes a convincing case that research must become daily practice for all who are committed to working for effective social change. Stephen L. Fisher, Director, Appalachian Center for Community Service, Emory & Henry College Stoecker's highly readable book is a great leap forward in expanding the definition and practice of research and documentation through collaboration between academics and community activists. He makes project-based research accessible to readers through lively, real examples that involve creative and strategic use of sources and resources. Stoecker shows how good quality research can make meaningful differences in people's lives. The book is perfect for use in both classrooms and nonprofit organizations. Kathleen Staudt, University of Texas at El Paso At last, a book that demystifies research for both novice and experienced community workers who want to make a difference. Randy Stoecker presents a refreshingly innovative and

Randy Stoecker is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toledo, and is the moderator/editor of COMM-ORG: The On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development (http://comm-org.utoledo.edu).nbsp; His areas of expertise include community organizing and development, participatory research/evaluation, and community information technology.nbsp; He has been involved in a wide variety of community-based participatory research projects and participatory evaluations with community development corporations, community organizing groups, and community information technology programs across North America and Australia.nbsp; He has also been helping build and evaluate university-community collaborations through the Bonner Foundation's Learn and Serve America Community Research Project.nbsp; Randy speaks and writes extensively on community organizing and development, community-based participatory research, and community information technology.nbsp; He is author of Defending Community (Temple University Press, 1994) and Community-Based Research and Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2003). You can find his complete vita at http://sasweb.utoledo.edu/vita/stoeckvita.htm.nbsp; He resides in Toledo, Ohio with his wife, daughter, and 50 pound standard poodle, but prefers Australia, where all the road signs say keep left.

Acknowledgments
"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
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
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
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
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
Implementing: When Research Is the Project
Making Who-ville Heard
Research as Action
Community Research
Target Research
Loose Gravel
Conclusion
Resources
Notes
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
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
Strategic Planning
Research Ethics
Writing Proposals
Data Resources
Index
About the Author

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