Tag Archives: Research

The increasing number of articles published on community engagement

The current renaissance of community engagement has led to an ever increasing body of literature discussing the theory and practice of community engagement. The rapid growth in interest in community engagement can be demonstrated by the increasing numbers of publications … Continue reading

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Research evidence for family (and community) workers

There are a range of reasons we might want to use research evidence as family workers or community workers. A quite inadequate reason, but potentially a motivating one, is that funding bodies are increasingly expecting the organisations they fund to … Continue reading

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A literature review on supported playgroups

Do supported playgroups actually make a difference? A recent literature review of research on supported playgroups [1] found that, while they are very popular, there is not a strong research evidence base demonstrating their effectiveness. The lack of research evidence … Continue reading

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Literature on raising environmentally responsible children?

Lots of parents want to be environmentally friendly. As I have discovered, having children raises all sorts of dilemmas and parents often struggle with how to be environmentally responsible parents. The interest in the topic was demonstrated when Transition Newcastle … Continue reading

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World Cafe as a research process

I recently used World Café for a focus group to gain insights into the experience of international students at a university. While it wasn’t a formal research project (the focus was more on marketing), I can see that it World … Continue reading

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