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.
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
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
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’
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
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
‘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
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.
ARVAC, Voluntary Action Islington, City Parachial, LVSC, Giovanna Speciale and Islington Central Library
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.
What have been the consequences of community research you have been involved with?
What can we do to make community research more consequential?