The contribution of research to community development

In this article I consider the relationship between different types and methods of conducting research in the context of community development. In particular I will consider the degree to which different approaches contribute to core objectives of community development to empower communities and promote social justice by engaging the most excluded. The contents will draw … Continue reading The contribution of research to community development

Community empowerment collective

This is a "cafeteria-style" collection of training material for community workers who are engaged in helping low-income communities and their people to overcome poverty.  The strategies and methods described here apply equally to rural and urban contexts. It can also be useful to educators and teams initiating or upgrading community empowerment or development programs.  If … Continue reading Community empowerment collective

Chapter: Writing a Community Profile

A useful tool in creating a community profile including direction on the gathering of information such as: talking to key stakeholders, door-knocking, surveys, and  focus groups. Reference: Twelvetrees (2006) Writing a Community Profile. pp 27-35. planning for effective community work. Read Article here: Writing a Community Profile  

Chapter: Knowing Your Community – M. Homan

Chapter Highlights: Perspectives on Community Geographic and Interest communities Community subsystems Close communities Benefit, action and target communities Peripheral community Basic community characteristics Sources of community capital: environmental, physical, economic, human, political, informational, spiritual, cultural and social Unmet community needs Dangers of needs assessments Identifying and valuing community assets Participatory action research Community readiness for … Continue reading Chapter: Knowing Your Community – M. Homan