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 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
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
Presentations from the Community Matters event are available to download below
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
COMMUNITY RESEARCHER TRAINING SOUTHWEST