Good community research develops communities. When community research works well, people learn by participating in the research. The process builds lasting skills, relationships and capacity. But how does it work, when it works well?
For the first time, New Zealand has a Code of Practice. A range of researchers and others from communities, government and academic sectors from New Zealand contributed. Published by Community Research in 2007, the Code of Practice provides benchmark principles and standards for community research. It describes values, models, and methods.
The Code of Practice – what are the benefits?
- Researchers and communities benefit from a shared frame of reference, language, expectations and a useful checklist for quality. A great way to start a research relationship.
- Researchers benefit when they agree with the Code of Practice as they indicate to others who are looking for research partners that they endorse these methods and standards.
- Funders, policy-makers and lecturers benefit because they can use the Code of Practice as an advocacy tool for good standards in community research, so that people are more likely to allocate resources for ensuring research happens well.
Download the Code of Practice (PDF 156kB)
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