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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
About the Author
"But I Don't…"
"But I Don't Do Research"
"But I Don't Do Community Work"
"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
The Goose Approach to Research
Have You Ever Felt Like an Interloper?
Participatory Action Approaches to Research
A Participatory Action Research Approach
The Community Development Context of Research
Learning from Pandora
What Is Community Development?
Research and Community Development
Building Research Relationships in a Community Development Context
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-Based Research Model: Diagnose, Prescribe, Implement, Evaluate
The Project-Based Research Model and Participatory Flexibility
Where Are You In the Project Cycle?
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, Opportunities, and Issues
The Problems Approach: Needs Assessment
The Opportunities Approach: Asset Mapping
Of Needs and Resources
Prescribing: Researching Options
Which Way Should You Go From Here?
A Planning Approach
The Special Case of Policy Prescriptions
Implementing: When Research Is the Project
Making Who-ville Heard
Research as Action
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
The Art of Paying Attention
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
Project-Based Research and the Future of Civilization
Research Ethics and the Institutional Review Board
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