Community-Based Research Survey

This survey is part of a research project commissioned by the University of Lincoln in the UK, which aims to identify university-community research partnerships across Europe. We believe that university-community partnerships have a vital role to play to support and strengthen civil society organisations and social justice agendas. This has gained greater urgency at present, as civil society, communities and active citizens have to cope with higher demands placed on them as a result of the economic crisis/ austerity, high unemployment and widespread cuts to public services.

We define community-based research as aiming to:

• co-produce knowledge through collaborative research methodologies which recognises the expertise and knowledge of community partners, seek to gain community ownership of the research design, process and results
• build communities' ability to undertake research and evaluations themselves, and to develop ‘research mindedness’
• develop critical understanding of social issues, questioning dominant ideas about social disadvantage and other challenges. This can encourage community engagement in the social policy debate and help active citizens develop strategies for social change (Freire, 1970) within a democratic and social justice framework.

The survey below is the first step in this project and aims to:

1) Identify individuals working in universities and/or community organisations who are engaged in, or committed to, university-community partnerships. This will be followed by more in-depth case studies

2) Gather data with a view to developing joint Europe-wide research proposals, e.g. for the 2014 call for the EU Horizon 20 research programme.
3) Create an informal network of community-university partners in Europe to keep the momentum going and to engage with the global alliance GACER http://communityresearchcanada.ca/alliance in the area of social sciences/social & community policy and related disciplines.

If you want to share your experiences in this area, please complete the questionnaire below. The questionnaire can be answered both by academic researchers and community researchers, or by civil society organisations with experience of research. Your answers will form part of our data collection for this scoping study.

Many thanks for your contribution.

    Part 1. Identification

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    Section a

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    Section b

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    Part 2. About your experience of university-community research

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    Part 3. Future joint university-community research partnership

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