Community Research

 For the last ten years South West Foundation has been training community members to undertake their own research projects.  Over 600 community members have taken part in the research projects, and the Foundation has developed its own unique Community Researcher Training Programme. This involves guided research with community groups aimed at engaging community members who may not previously have undertaken research. 

To see more details about our Community Researchers, click to visit our sister website 'Community Research'

Community Matters: A Community Based Participatory Research Project undertaken in partnership with the University of Bath

Community Matters is a Partnership Project Between South West Foundation and University of Bath. Five Community Groups undertook Community Based Participatory Research(CBPR) projects of their choice supported by researchers from the university and the Foundation.  As well as building skills, participating community groups have been able to utilise the evidence-based research to support funding applications. 

 

More detail on the project follows below, and can also be found at 

http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2017/09/21/community-matters-2/ 

Images from Community Matters event, 21st September 2017

at the Guildhall in Bath

Over 100 people attended the Community Matters presentation event in Bath

Research undertaken by Community Matters participants

 

  • Wansdyke Play Association explored the impact that outdoor, outreach play services had on alleviating play deprivation across Somer Vale communities;
  • Triumph over Phobia, a charity who wanted to understand how to encourage people with anxiety problems to seek help;
  • Black Families Education Support Group explored the role supplementary schooling can play in narrowing the educational achievement gaps between different ethnic groups
  • Creativity Works, an organisation using creative activities, arts, drawing, writing performance to help people overcome anxiety and mental health challenges;
  • Transition Larkhall, an organisation dedicated to tackling climate change through local actions but researched the impact of the school run in Larkhall

 

Presentations from the Community Matters event are available to download below

Wansdyke Play Association Community Matters presentation
The impact that WPA’s outdoor, outreach play services has on alleviating play deprivation across Somer Valley communities
Link to Film By Wansdyke Play Association produced through their research project;
https://youtu.be/vj4w5AO4NAQ ( cut and paste into browser)
Wandsyke Play Association - Presentation[...]
Microsoft Power Point presentation [3.8 MB]
Triumph Over Phobia Community Matters presentation
Seeking Help: A Comparison Between the NHS and a Mental Health Charity
Triumph Over Phobia _ presentation.ppt
Microsoft Power Point presentation [1.9 MB]
Transition Larkhall Community Matters report
How do parents take their children to school and why do they choose to travel this way?
Transition Larkhall report.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.6 MB]

            Creativity Works

            Link to film by Creativity Works as a result of their Community Matters                      Research Project: https://vimeo.com/233988064 (cut and paste into                   browser)

            

  Black Families Education Support Group

  A video about their research into the role supplementary schooling can play in         narrowing the educational achievement gaps between different ethnic groups.

COMMUNITY BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH MATERIALS

An explanation of Community Based Participatory Research 

Other useful documents and links

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social geography participatory research.[...] 
Adobe Acrobat document [236.5 KB]
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History of community research.ppt 
Microsoft Power Point presentation [2.8 MB]
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Everyday ethics in community based parti[...] 
Adobe Acrobat document [285.1 KB]
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A common Language for CBPR.pdf 
Adobe Acrobat document [80.5 KB]
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CCDiscussionPapertemplateCBPRBanksetal7N[...] 
Adobe Acrobat document [687.3 KB]

Training Materials

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Getting to Grips with the Terminology.pd[...] 
Adobe Acrobat document [466.1 KB]
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Primary and secondary sources of data ha[...] 
Microsoft Word document [42.5 KB]
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Stages of research handout 2.doc 
Microsoft Word document [48.0 KB]
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How to choose your research method basic[...] 
Adobe Acrobat document [107.8 KB]
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Check List for Community Based Participa[...] 
Microsoft Word document [20.6 KB]
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Qualitative and quantitative data handou[...] 
Adobe Acrobat document [73.8 KB]

Working With Universities

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getting_started (002).pdf 
Adobe Acrobat document [283.4 KB]
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principles_of_practice_for_cups.pdf 
Adobe Acrobat document [327.0 KB]
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ukcpn_resource_-_contacting_academics.pd[...] 
Adobe Acrobat document [261.5 KB]
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ukcpn_resource_-_glossary_of_terms.pdf 
Adobe Acrobat document [410.6 KB]
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ukcpn_resource_potential_problems.pdf 
Adobe Acrobat document [200.5 KB]

COMMUNITY RESEARCHER TRAINING SOUTHWEST

Creating Changes - Jan Crawley author
South West Foundation has been running the Community Researcher Programme throughout the South West Region since 2008. Training local community members to undertake their own research projects, gather evidence and present this to those in power in communities to help to bring about change has proved a powerful tool that has had lasting effects on both communities and individuals. This report has revisited those who have benefitted from the programme and to consider what lasting outcomes there have been to date.
2014_CreatingChanges_.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.6 MB]

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