[Featured Resource] Community Action Guide on Community-Led Research

This week’s featured resource is the Community Action Guide on Community-Led Research and comes to us from The International Accountability Project. As legal empowerment practitioners push for more community-led action, this guide helps develop participatory, community-driven research practices to inform our collective work. @Tom_Weerachat @Thien, please add your thoughts on how member’s could make the most use of these resources! From the introduction:

Too often, we feel that the power to make decisions about the future of our communities has been taken away. But we do not have to feel powerless. There are steps we can take to reclaim control and identify our own priorities for development in our communities. Community-led ideas and expertise can lead the way to a development that respects people and protects the environment. Conducting community-led research is one effective way for communities to respond to development challenges, and to voice their development priorities.

More about the Community Action Guide on Community-led Research, including two associated resources that come with the guide below:

This guide contains activities and tools to plan and conduct community-led research. You will also learn tips and strategies from the stories of community organizers who have facilitated this research all around the world. With this booklet, you will find a Checklist to Support Community-led Research to use as a reminder of the different lessons in this Guide, and a Survey Template for Community-led Research that you can use and adapt to your own community.

The Community Action Guide on Community-led Research provides clear and detailed guidance on each step of the research process, and suggests activities and tools to build capacity and advance community-led methods. This booklet also includes information on safety and security, and the stories of three community organizers who used community-led research to support community advocacy.

This guide specifically goes through:

  • What is research?
  • Who will be involved in your research?
  • How to conduct your research? and
  • How to understand and share your findings

When community members do their own research, they may uncover findings that outsiders would not. Communities possess knowledge about their surroundings and environment that decision-makers and planners may not know. Often, the research process itself helps communities better understand the problems they face, build confidence in their knowledge and ideas, strengthen solidarity and accountability amongst community members, and learn necessary skills for community organizing.”

You can access this resource in our library at the following link:

As always, please let us know your thoughts on this resource by commenting below.

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Noted with thanks Michael. Tom and I will follow up with Mohammed and add our additional thoughts to the CAG booklet. Thanks again for reaching out to me via email.




great. Thanks for sharing useful guideline

Hi Thien,

Looking forward to continuing the conversation.

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Dear Mohammed, Thank you for sharing the Community Action Guide to Namati’s resources. Hope it will be helpful for people who interested in and care about the work with communities Please kindly find more text for the CAG introduction here. The blog post was written by the Community Action Guide team at IAP with case studies where the CAG was adapted by local perspectives. And please let me know if there’s any further question or request. Thank you!

All the best,

Thien Hoang


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