Comunity-based Work and Data Collection
Although community-based projects have introduced a successful model for addressing many social problems, less consideration has been given to how such projects should be evaluated. This paper considers whether the philosophy underlying community-based practice is compatible with data collection. Specifically at issue is whether empirical indicators are helpful to summarize a project. Although having valid knowledge is important, this paper makes a distinction between merely collecting data versus understanding the course of a project. The key point is that community participation requires a unique perspective on how knowledge is negotiated and interpreted.
Murphy, John W.; Franz, Berkeley A.; and Callaghan, Karen A.
"Is Community-based Work Compatible with Data Collection?,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 42
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol42/iss4/2