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Ways, means and consequences of community research. Ellie Brodie, Researcher, NCVO. Fleur Bragalia, Researcher, Salvation Army Ceri Davies, Development Manager, Community University Partnership Programme (Cupp), University of Brighton 11 th November 2011 ARVAC AGM and Annual Conference.

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ways means and consequences of community research

Ways, means and consequences of community research

Ellie Brodie,Researcher, NCVO.

Fleur Bragalia,Researcher, Salvation Army

Ceri Davies, Development Manager, Community University Partnership Programme (Cupp), University of Brighton

11th November 2011

ARVAC AGM and Annual Conference



What is community research to you?

Examples of community research

Exercise: benefits and drawbacks of different approaches

Discussion: consequences of community research

ways and means three models
Ways and means: three models

The ‘traditional’ model

Finding out about community groups and activity using professional researchers

The ‘co-production’ model

Facilitating a research process that draws on and values local knowledge

The ‘empowerment’ model

Community identify the problem and are trained to do research themselves

1 the traditional model
1. The ‘traditional’ model


The Northern Rock Foundation, Third Sector Trends Study: Mapping Under the Radar Organisations



Generating an evidence base to inform policy and practice


Using existing data

Conducting their own surveys

Secondary analysis of the Labour Force and Citizenship surveys


Greater numbers of UTR than OTR organisations: demonstrates ‘community capacity’

2 the co production model 1
2. The ‘co-production’ model (1)


Pathways through Participation: partnership project between NCVO, IVR and Involve (ongoing).



To explore how and why people get involved and stay involved in their communities.


Range of methods: literature review, stakeholder interviews, mapping workshops, life history interviews, participatory workshops.

Co-production: Mapping workshops with residents and community groups


Facilitated snowball sampling, built relationships

Increased participants knowledge of area

the co production model 2
The co-production model (2)


Taking Account: A Social and Economic Audit of the Community & Voluntary Sector in Brighton (2008)


To evidence the social and economic impact of the sector in Brighton.


Cross sector steering group of 8 (+ paid secondments)

Co-designed research questionnaire

Co-analysed results and developed the project report


Key working links across sectors established in relation to the topic

Best practice methodology

Robust evidence for the VCS in future strategy and resourcing

the empowerment model 1
The empowerment model (1)


‘Talking Pictures’ –collecting oral histories from older people related to their earlier experiences of Brighton’s Duke of York cinema


To capture the changing nature of cinema going and its social meaning over the last 100 years through older people’s stories for collection and preservation.


Collection of oral histories (trained community members and moving image students)


volunteers with research skills able to be applied in different settings

Case study resources for university degrees

Inclusion of older people

Increased capacity in Queenspark books

the empowerment model 2
The empowerment model (2)

Voluntary Action Islington (VAI) developed and piloted a new research model.

3 research clusters of 3 local community groups.

Each with a research question

Each cluster supported by a research mentor – who supported the group to participate in research and a bespoke training programme on how to do research.

Colloborative approach.

ARVAC, Voluntary Action Islington, City Parachial, LVSC, Giovanna Speciale and Islington Central Library

the empowerment model 2 cont
The empowerment model (2 cont)

Each cluster produced a research report reporting their own primary research findings.

“No recourse to advice, An Islington community research project – What are the effects on individuals and community advice organisation when advice is refused” – Improving Reach. “Bereavement and Homelessness: Coping and struggling with loss” – CARIS, “A research report by Islington Local Involvement Network on the experiences of patients leaving hospital” – LINK Islington,

All were written in conjunction with VAI and ARVAC.

Reports influenced PCTs (featured in JSNAs), Islington Council, other third sector providers and internal practices.

consequences of community research
Consequences of community research

What have been the consequences of community research you have been involved with?

What can we do to make community research more consequential?

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