Social Research & Analysis
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 Principles. We 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.
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
Data Collection & Analysis - The design and analysis of both qualitative (interviews, focus groups, oral histories, talking circles) and quantitative (surveys, questionnaires) research methods.
Literature Reviews - Depending on the importance and relevance of a literature review to a particular issue, Social Change Solutions will complete a comprehensive summary of what is currently written on a social issue. That information can be made available to assist in moving forward with culturally-appropriate action that is initiated and agreed upon at the community level.
Preparation of Research Papers - Documentation of the research, findings and analysis gives us the base to put forward solutions for social change (we demonstrate the need and the proposal for change).
Our social research services focus on Social Planning and Analysis as well as the Residential School System, Aboriginal Homelessness and the many issues faced by women such as Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Empowering Women in Governance.
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.
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.