Module 5: Research for Community Development Practitioners

The aim of this module is to ensure that participants gain skills to understand the language, process and basic techniques of social research in order to contribute to the betterment of communities. Topics covered include an introduction to the values and uses of community-based research techniques, data sources (primary, secondary etc.), terminology and participatory approaches and skills to complement effective community work through an ethical approach. It is intended that this module be delivered in a practical manner, which will ensure that participants have the opportunity to use the new skills they are learning prior to completion of the module.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Presenting an understanding of a SWOT/ PESTLE analysis of issue and geographic based communities within a participatory research process
  2. Identifying techniques and sources of information of relevance to community groups
  3. Identifying reliable data which may be used to initiate community campaigns, to lobby government agencies and to seek funding
  4. Providing an introductory understanding of ethical and community engagement strategies in community-based research