Research

Building and Using the Evidence Base

Knowledge Review

Together for Change have compiled a source of knowledge on wellbeing, communities and community-led action to inform strategies.

Mapping of Community Assets

Qualitative Impact Protocol (QuIP) and Causal Map Research Project

The Project is an exploratory study piloting a qualitative research method in Pembrokeshire. The study will consider the utility of an approach informed by Qualitative Impact Protocol (QuIP) and the use of the Causal Map application in being able to establish an understanding of the factors that contribute to the wellbeing of individuals and place-based communities at a community or town level.

Research Events on Community Development Research and Evaluation

The first Forum event looked at community development research and evaluation and delved into what constitutes evidence of impact in community development, and how the evidence base can be built.

Investigating Sustainable Models of Funding

Input into the establishment of a Community Fund for Pembrokeshire .

Workstream 2 – Evidence

Sharing Evidence of Good Practice to Instigate Development and Change in Pembrokeshire.

Together for Change’s Workstream 2 is about action research and engagement to develop a robust evidence base to underpin planning and the delivery of strategy. 

At its inception, the project convened two meetings which were held online in June 2020 on the Future of Support for Community-led Action in Pembrokeshire. The first meeting brought together third- and public-sector managers, and the second was attended and informed by community representatives. The meetings focused on developing an understanding of the impact of COVID-19 upon communities and how community-led action could be sustained in the future. Reports of the meetings identified three clearly-definable areas for further work and informed the development of the 10-Point Plan and a commitment of Partners to community involvement and development.

Pembrokeshire Community Fund

There is a strong view that Pembrokeshire could benefit from having a Community Fund.  This would be a flexible local grant fund to stimulate the uptake of and develop the capacity for social investment in community organisations in Pembrokeshire and create momentum in key thematic areas. Be a Pembrokeshire donor circle to actively engage donors in supporting community enterprise development and nurture a culture of venture philanthropy in Pembrokeshire. And act as a community equity asset developer to secure community ownership of an asset(s) that can generate income for community reinvestment and nurture confidence in the community enterprise ability to profitably manage community assets.

The implementation plan has been created and funding is being sought to progress it.

Knowledge Review

The Knowledge Review was prepared in response to questions raised by partners on sources of data and information on
community wellbeing before, and especially during the pandemic. It was felt that before further surveys were embarked upon, it was necessary to have some idea of the research already underway or completed by communities and organisations.

It was also recognised that research is not the only source of
knowledge that can be useful in strategic planning. The knowledge of professionals and the lived experience of people, that are shared, in a less structured way than research can also make an important contribution.

Does it Count? Forum

The first Forum event in April looked at community development research and evaluation and delved into what constitutes evidence of impact in community development, and how the evidence base can be built.

A follow-up event took place at the start of September. Read more about it on our events page and in our blog.

 

Qualitative Impact Protocol (QuIP) and Causal Map Research Project

The impact of Covid-19 and long-term implications for individuals and communities across Pembrokeshire has emphasised the relevance of local knowledge, locally led action and the strength gained from working together. Whilst it is widely held that communities vary in their assets and capacities, local leaders and voluntary groups at all levels have demonstrated the inherent power and energy a community can generate in difficult circumstances. In Pembrokeshire, there is recognition across sectors in the value of community-led action and the need to understand why and how individuals and groups of people are able to respond to challenges.

QuIP is a qualitative research method developed by Bath Social Development Research Ltd (BathSDR) as a tool for assessing impact and generating evidence on key causal influences in diverse, complex and rapidly evolving situations. Gathering evidence of causal processes, an emphasis upon participant’s own narratives and self-reported attribution are key features of QuIP that have informed the development of the research methodology.

The research project is well underway and due for completion by late September. Please contact Jessie Buchanan if you are interested in the progress of the work and for further information.