Change Research

Change Research

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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 while equipping community advocates with vital skills for social change. Sharing the inspiring story of one such partnership, Corey Shdaimah, Roland Stahl, and Sanford F. Schram recount their efforts working with an affordable housing coalition in Philadelphia, helping activists research low-income home ownership and repair. Their collaboration helped create the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund, which funnels millions of dollars to people in need. This volume describes the origins of their partnership and its growth, including developing tensions and their diffusion in ways that contributed to the research. The authors personalize methods of research and the possibilities for advocacy, ultimately connecting their encounters to more general, critical themes. Building on the field's commitment to social justice, they effectively demonstrate the potential of change research to facilitate widespread, long-term difference and improve community outcomes.stick to a clear political message: low-income homeowners in Philadelphia had major repair problems, and additional resources needed to ... WCRP had in fact been acutely aware of the contradictions between advocating more extensive home-repair services, on the one hand, ... Still another WCRP advocate told us that WCRPa#39;s focus on home repair and home maintenance was a means to advance itsanbsp;...

Title:Change Research
Author:Corey S. Shdaimah, Roland W. Stahl
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2011


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