The Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) conducts research with and for communities. CSSR also assists communities in conducting their own research. To that end, CSSR has developed this community research resource page. We hope this resource page will support community groups in doing research. CSSR is committed to grow research capacity for community benefit.
Building research capacity in local communities means:
Communities lead in identifying problems and solutions.
Communities are experts.
Researchers practice community-based collaborative inquiry.
Researchers assist and support community members in creating positive and lasting change.
The resources found here offer hands-on guidance for how to conduct a research project from start to end.
The 5 learning modules are meant to serve as public resources for anyone who wants to learn more about how to conduct social science research. These resources are organized into 5 learning modules:
Slides about how to design a research question, moving from research topics to research questions, and discussions about research ethics.
Slides introducing various research methods used in social science: interviews, ethnographic observation, and survey research.
Slides about how to write a research report or paper and how social research can create change.
Worksheets with discussion questions and homework assignments for participants
Feel free to skip around or start from the beginning.
The information on these pages was first developed for a 5-part community research workshop series piloted in partnership with United Community, https://www.unitedcommunity.org/ a Center for Social Science Research community partner. The community research workshop is focused on building greater research capacity in the communities, especially those communities historically marginalized to promote community control over knowledge created about their own communities.
These videos and presentations offer practical guidance using open-source digital tools (which are free to the public) for research, and include: