Change Research: A Case Study and Methods for Collaborative Social Workers by Corey Shdaimah

Change Research: A Case Study and Methods for Collaborative Social Workers

byCorey Shdaimah, Roland Stahl, Sanford Schram

Kobo ebook | August 16, 2011

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Collaborating with community members adds a critical dimension to social work research, providing practitioners with intimate knowledge of a community's goals and needs. Yet such partnerships needn't be one-sided. Answering the concerns of critics who doubt the benefits of community surveillance, intentional change research offers a reciprocal model of involvement, in which community advocates gain vital skills for dramatic social change.

Sharing the inspiring story of one such partnernship, Corey Shdaimah, Roland Stahl, and Sanford Schram recount their work with community members to launch an affordable housing campaign in Philadelphia, helping activists research problems associated with low-income ownership and home repair in their city. Their collaboration helped create the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which funnels millions of dollars to people in need. This volume describes the origins of the partnership and how it unfolded, including developing tensions and their diffusion in ways that contributed to further research. Rather than abstractly relate principles and procedures, the authors personalize methods of research and the possibilities of advocacy, ultimately connecting their encounters to more general, critical themes. Building on the field's commitment to social justice, they demonstrate the potential of this new approach to facilitate widespread, long-term difference and improve a community’s outcomes.
Corey Shdaimah is assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.Roland Stahl is assistant professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts School of Social Work. Sanford F. Schram teaches social theory and social policy at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr Colle...
Title:Change Research: A Case Study and Methods for Collaborative Social WorkersFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 16, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231525362

ISBN - 13:9780231525367

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
List of Abbreviations
1. Changing Research/Researching Change
2. Reevaluating Evaluation Research: Sowing the Seeds of Distrust
3. Introducing Our Collaborative Research Case Study: Working with the Women's Community Revitalization Project
4. Quantitative Data Analysis in a Collaboration Research Project: Low-Income Home Repair in Philadelphia
5. "Everyday World Policy Analysis" and Low-Income Home Repair in Philadelphia: Walking Through Programs from the Client Perspective
6. From Research to Recommendations: The Politics of Presentation
7. The Challenges of Doing Collaborative Research
8. A Model for Collaborative Research
Appendix A: American Housing Survey Definitions
Appendix B: Resources for Doing Community-Based Research

Editorial Reviews

Erudite, accessible, eloquent, and cutting-edge informative, this book beautifully blends the normative and empirical, all in the service of social work's traditional focus on marginalized, underserved, and generally voiceless persons and the institutions and policies that purportedly serve them.