SCDC Launches Community Action Research Guide

Action Research by, in and for Communities: a practical guide to community-led research (ARC) ARC resource guide

ARC was funded by Education Scotland developed by the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) to help community and voluntary groups carry out research in and with their communities. The guide is based on SCDC’s experience of developing and delivering 3 Community-led Action Research programmes between 2003 and 2011. These programmes culminated in over 90 groups carrying out research that helped them to achieve positive change in their communities.

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ARC was launched on 28 November 2011 at the Action Research Launch Event in Perth, along with examples and findings from the Scottish Natural Heritage action research programme People and Nature: Learning through Doing.

“…us carrying out the research ourselves meant that we can speak authoritatively and passionately about our findings as we were the ones posing the questions, doing the interviews, running the focus groups. It has brought more life into our group and we now have the skills to carry out further research in the future.” – Participant, Learning Through Doing

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