Social Research & Analysis

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Social Research

is important to learn about people and societies so services can be designed to cater to the specific needs of the people, ensure the community is heard, and the traditions are respected.

With you as the lead and you with the knowledge, Social Change Solutions is committed to our Guiding PrinciplesWe assist in the following areas of participatory-action Social Research:

Community Engagement

 

We recognize that all research and investigation must involve the full and authentic participation of key stakeholders, particularly those who will be directly affected by social research and/or planning outcomes.  We recognize that they are the experts, they define the space and the process for social research to be culturally-competent and successful.  It must be participant-driven with consistent attention given to the needs and interests of those impacted by the issues in question.  All relevant parties are engaged in the research process.

Oral Histories and Historical Research

 

For a full and deep understanding of a social issues it must be put into historical context; it is this understanding and knowledge, along with authentic participation of key stakeholders, that will facilitate positive social change.

Active Listening

We work for you. 

We listen.

 

FAQs

What is Social Research?


At Social Change Solutions we are committed to a participatory-action approach. It is a collaborative grass-roots approach whereby key stake holders are the voice in making connections between circumstances and consequences. Research is conducted following a systematic plan. Social Reasearch methods can be classified as Quantitative and Qualitative. Quantitative - Approach social phenomena through quatifiable evidence and use statistical analysis of many cases, using methods such as surveys and questionaires. Qualitative - Understanding social issues through observation, communication, interviews, focus groups and oral histories. Research involves taking the time to observe and reflect, helping the researcher to understand the issues and define the research questions and issues at hand. At consistent stages throughout the collaborative and gathering of information process, we then return to the key stakeholders for additional information and feedback. It involves informed, critical and committed action. It is a process of decision-making for social program planning and social development.




Why do we do Social Research?


It is critical to undertake the necessary research to properly define the issue to be addressed in order to bring about positive social change. If not - a lot of time, energy and resources can be wasted - addressing of attitudes and beliefs that do not reflect the change we want to see. However, honor of people, space, culture, customs, tradition and people's real lived experiences must be respected for social research to serve its purpose of positive social change.