Knowledge is Power: A new report on the importance of community-led action research in Scotland

‘Community-led action research is not research for the sake of it, to prove a theory or to satisfy the curious. It is about people asking their own question about the issues they experince, getting the information, and evidence they need and testing actions for change."

You can download the report here. Kate McHendry, Development Manager at SCDC, has also reflected on her work using community-led action research and the findings of this new report. Starting in 2017, SCDC and the Poverty Alliance worked with ten community organisations to co-design a resource framework which could be used to support communities across Scotland to conduct their own inquiries into the issues affecting them.

 The key recommendations of the report are to:

  • Establish a new cross sector alliance to co-ordinate and manage the resource
  • Create a locus for access to practical resources, and for centralising research evidence
  • Develop a cohort of skilled practitioners and trainers in action research, drawn from community organisations across Scotland
  • Establish a fund for communities to pay for participation costs associated with their inquiries
  • Develop a peer led learning network
  • Create spaces and opportunities for communities and decision makers to share and deliberate research findings as a way of informing local actions and national priorities

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