Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services by Benjamin Shepard is an engaging and accessible work that will get today's students excited about the very real prospect of achieving lasting, positive change within their communities. It outlines a distinct approach to community practice born out of the intersection among social movements, day-to-day organizing, and the lessons of five decades of community change practices. This invaluable resource is a must-have for anyone involved in community organization, community health, and community activism practice research and policy.
Chapter 6: Research as Action
Research as Action
Once your issue is identified and goals are set, it is time to do some detective work in the community. A few basic questions begin the process: What is the scope of the issue? Whom does it impact? What is it doing to the community? What can be done about it—and what should? Without a basic handle on a few of these questions, it is difficult to imagine a campaign moving forward. Often, there is either very little or far too much information. Yet, turning a problem into an issue starts with a breakthrough in social knowledge or awareness.
This transformation can happen in many different ways. Take Psychologist Ken Clark. In the 1940s and 1950s, he was trying to ...