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Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach / Edition 2

Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach / Edition 2

by Randy R. Stoecker


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Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach / Edition 2

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781412994057
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/09/2012
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 538,944
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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 ( His areas of expertise include community organizing and development, participatory action research/evaluation, and community information technology. 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. He also helped build and evaluate university-community collaborations through the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation’s Learn and Serve America Community Research Project. Randy trains, speaks and writes extensively on community organizing and development, community-based participatory research, service learning, and community information technology. 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). You can find his complete curriculum vitae at He resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and 50-pound standard poodle (his daughter is now away at college), and wishes he lived in a society where research has become such an integral part of the culture that people are no longer fooled into making self-destructive political choices.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

About the Author xvii

1 "But I Don't…" 1

"But I Don't Do Research" 1

"But I Don't Do Community Work" 3

"So What Is Research?" 4

"Okay, So I Do Research Already. Why Do I Need to Learn About It?" 8

"I'm Already Running Full-Out Managing Our Programs. How Can I Do More Research Too?" 11

"I'm Still Not Convinced. But Just in Case, Where Do I Start?" 13

"So Where Do I and My Community Fit In?" 18

Conclusion and Coming Attractions 20

The Goose Story 21

Resources 22

Notes 22

2 The Goose Approach to Research 25

Have You Ever Felt Like an Interloper? 25

Participatory Action Approaches to Research 27

A Participatory Action Research Approach 31

Loose Gravel 35

Conclusion 43

Resources 44

Notes 45

3 The Community Development Context of Research 47

Learning from Pandora 47

What Is Community Development? 49

Research and Community Development 52

Building Research Relationships in a Community Development Context 56

Loose Gravel 62

Conclusion 71

Resources 72

Notes 72

4 Head and Hand Together: A Project-Based Research Model 75

The Head and Hand Split 75

From Head and Hand to Research and Action 77

Of Programs and Projects 79

The Project-Based Research Model: Diagnose, Prescribe, Implement, Evaluate 81

The Project-Based Research Model and Participatory Flexibility 87

Where Are You In the Project Cycle? 90

Loose Gravel 92

Conclusion 98

Resources 99

Notes 99

5 Diagnosing 103

How to Survive on a Deserted Island 103

The Impetus for Diagnosis 104

Structures for a Diagnostic Process: The Core Group 106

Strategies for a Diagnostic Process: Problems, Opportunities, and Issues 109

The Problems Approach: Needs Assessment 110

The Opportunities Approach: Asset Mapping 113

Of Needs and Resources 115

Loose Gravel 121

Conclusion 124

Resources 125

Notes 125

6 Prescribing: Researching Options 129

Which Way Should You Go From Here? 129

A Planning Approach 131

Program Prescriptions 132

The Special Case of Policy Prescriptions 141

Loose Gravel 148

Conclusion 153

Resources 154

Notes 155

7 Implementing: When Research Is the Project 157

Making Who-ville Heard 157

Research as Action 159

Community Research 162

Target Research 169

Loose Gravel 180

Conclusion 182

Resources 183

Notes 184

8 Evaluation 189

Back to the Future, or Messing With the Space-Time Continuum 189

Choices in Evaluation 192

Participatory Evaluation From the Beginning 199

Participatory Evaluation as an Integrated Process 203

Loose Gravel 208

Conclusion 211

Resources 212

Notes 212

9 Beyond Information 215

The Art of Paying Attention 215

The Project-Based Research Cycle Revisited 218

Role Models for Research as a Daily Practice 221

Behind the Fun: Information Management and Information Technology 223

Loose Gravel: Information Myths and Monsters 227

Project-Based Research and the Future of Civilization 232

In Conclusion 233

Notes 234

Appendix A Strategic Planning 237

Appendix B Research Ethics and the Institutional Review Board 245

Appendix C Writing Proposals 255

Appendix D Data Resources 261

Author Index 263

Subject Index 269

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