| Action Research and Data
There are links to resources on research and
data useful to community organizing groups. Some
link language is taken from the websites.
Research Resources, a nice selection of links to action research and
related resources at Southern Cross University in Australia.
- Applied Research Center, a leading
research lab and foundry where academics and activists forge tools to
spark social progress and measure the results.
- Citizens League,
promotes the public interest in Minnesota by involving citizens in
identifying and framing critical public policy choices, forging
recommendations and advocating their adoption, and maintains a directory
of similar organizations around the U.S.
Community-Based Participatory Research Resources Page, maintained by
Partnerships for Health, contains tools and resources, reports and
presentations, principles and policies, listservs, and other CBPR
- Community Psychology
Net, a comprehensive site regarding the field of community
psychology--meant to be a resource for professionals, graduate and
undergraduate students, and others.
- Community Scholars,
a paid summer internship program for high school juniors and seniors in
El Paso, Texas
Tools for Racial Equality, tools that provide a step by step guide
for conducting evaluation with a focus on racial justice.
- Focus St. Louis, provides
people with multiple opportunities to discuss issues, provide feedback
to decision-makers, and take action for positive change.
- LOKA Institute--amongits many
activities, LOKA is developing an
online database of
- New Directions
Community-Based Research Institute, Inc., an organization that
attracts and assembles multi-disciplinary teams of university
researchers and their students and brings them to civic groups which
have demonstrated a willingness and a desire to become active stewards
of their neighborhoods or communities.
- Project South, a
community-based membership institute that develops and conducts popular
political and economic education and action research for organizing and
- Rainbow Research,
provides research services for community organizations and free
information on their web site.
- Research for Action,
a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization engaged in educational
research and reform.
- Research for
Organizing Toolkit, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization
engaged in educational research and reform.
- Society for Community
Research and Action, devoted to advancing theory, research and
social action to promote positive well-being, increase empowerment, and
prevent the development of problems of communities, groups and
- "Sociology and
Social Action.", two special issues of "Sociological Imagination,"
The journal of the Wisconsin Sociological Society, now available online.
- Southeast Community Research Center,
established to promote, facilitate, and conduct participatory and
community-based research throughout the Southeastern United States.
- The Catalyst Centre
celebrates and promotes innovative learning, popular education, research
and community development to advance positive social change.
thoughts on popular education, storytelling and activism for a possible
- Highlander Research and Education
Center, has a long and distinguished history as a popular education
center that brings grassroots leaders and community groups together to
learn from each other and develop strategies for social change.
- Jungle Hill and the
Oakland Musuem of California, a fascinating story of youth, a
musuem, and community organizing.
- Living the Question,
a site to create a space for sharing the stories of transformation and
collective journeys in action learning circles.
- The Paulo Freire Institute,
an international network of people and institutions with members in 18
countries worldwide. Its main purpose is to research, organize and
gather data, thoughts and information and to operate in the field of
education, culture and communication.
- The Popular Education News,
current and back issues of free monthly newsletter of reviews of popular
education and community organizing materials - includes annotated
bibliography and links and more.
for Urban and Regional Affairs at the
University of Minnesota provides training,
collaborative research, and student interns
for community groups.
Community-Based Research Network of Ottawa,
in Ontario, Canada, focuses on increasing
the capacity of community-based
organizations in Ottawa to use
evidence-based information to more
effectively serve the community and promote
sharing and dissemination of information and
best practices among universities, community
based organizations and the broader
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
is a nonprofit organization that promotes
health through partnerships between
communities and higher educational
Community Partnership Center, at the
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, links
University faculty, students, and staff with
urban and rural community groups and
agencies to address the core problems facing
low-and moderate-income communities.
Community Service Research Centre, at
The University of Queensland in Ipswich,
Australia, exists to integrate research,
teaching and learning to improve community
well-being and capability.
The Down East Spiral Network, made up of
the graduates and instructors of the
Certificate in Community Development Course
at Henson College in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Graduates and partners include grass-roots
groups doing community organizing work.
Green Visions Plan, a partnership
between Southern California’s state land
conservancies and the University of Southern
California’s Center for Sustainable Cities
and GIS Research Laboratory, forged to
create a visionary plan and practical
planning tools to promote habitat
conservation, watershed health and
recreational open space.
Institute for Community-Based Research,
at Delta State University, engages in
projects to inform social change at the
Just Connections, a partnership designed
to invigorate grassroots democracy among
residents of distressed mountain communities
by creating and using models for
participatory research and service in
support of self-sustaining communities that
offer equitable access to resources for
National Center for Schools and Communities,
at Fordham University, helps build the power
and capacity of low-income parents and
communities to improve their children's
The Organize Indiana Project (OIP), a
jointly sponsored project focused on
providing education, support services, and
resources to unions in order to assist
PRAG: The Policy Research Action Group,
a university-community partnership program
using the resources of four Chicago
universities to address urban problems in
collaboration with community-based
The Quality of Life Research Unit,
within the Centre for Health Promotion in
the Faculty of Medicine, University of
Toronto, carries out quality of life
research that relates to communities,
families, and individuals from a variety of
Rural Women Making Change, a
community-university research alliance in
which community organization members and
academics are co-researchers.
Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods,
University of Louisville's Sustainable Urban
Trent Centre for Community-Based Education
in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada,
facilitates community-based research and
experiential learning, providing
opportunities for students, faculty and
local organizations to pool their resources
and work together on community-inspired
projects that enhance the social and
economic health of the community.
Trinity Center for Neighborhoods, of
Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Tufts Community Research Center
seeks to involve Tufts faculty and students
from across all seven schools of the
university in research done in collaboration
with community partners.
University Neighborhood Housing Program
is a a collaboration by Fordham University
and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy
West Philadelphia Landscape Project, an
action research program integrating
research, teaching, and community service.
Working Group on Organizing, Social
Movements, and the Academy, August
20-21, 1998, Davis, CA, USA.
Data--Geographic Information Systems
@Grassroots, maintains a database on
United States grassroots groups of various
Community Research Network, sponsored by
Institute, is a transnational network of
research and grassroots organizations
conducting community-based research for
social change. The CRN maintains an
on-line database of community-based
Community Resource Guide, by the
Neighborhood Housing Program, has a
collection of links to New York City local
data sources and U.S. national data sources.
Info Resources West Philadelphia,
serving the data needs of the West
National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
, a collaborative effort by the Urban
Institute and local partners to further the
development and use of neighborhood-level
information systems in local policymaking
and community building. They have manuals on
how to develop neigbhorhood level
information systems as well as links to
those doing it.
- RTK NET,
The Right to Know Network, with a vast
array of databases on environmental,
campaign, and housing databases.
United States Counties database, by the
Association of Counties.