Action Research

 

Curricula + Resources

CFJ Action Research Tools

Audience:  High School Youth

Time frame: 1 hour

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to the concept of action research and to help them understand the power of information in an organizing campaign.

Also contains youth-friendly worksheets on the following:

  • Action Research Overview
  • Campaign Research Steps
  • Developing Research Questions
  • Research Plan Worksheet
  • Survey Method Worksheet
  • Interview Method Worksheet

Credit also to GenY in Chicago! http://www.swyc.org/programs/Community-Organizing-Initiative

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Datacenter Action Research Trainings

Provided by: 

DataCenter: an independent research organization for social justice movements and grassroots organizing.

Check out their research tools for planning toolkits, tips on online research, target research, surveys, and more. http://www.datacenter.org/research-tools/research-planning/research-tips/

Trainings include:

  • Creating surveys
  • Getting public records
  • Researching corporations and individuals
  • Toolkit on community action research

 

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Compilations

Curricula

Chinese Progressive Association - San Francisco

This training is developed and adapted by the Chinese Progressive Association-SF and Seeding Change for new and emerging organizers. It draws from curriculum created by CTWO, SOUL and uses the "transformative organizing" framework from Eric Mann's recent book "Playbook for Progressives." This workshop includes a scenario based in an Asian immigrant community. This workshop can be adapted for other Asian immigrant and refugee communities and other communities of color.

Chinese Progressive Association-SF (www.cpasf.org) and Seeding Change, a Center for Asian American Movement Building (www.seeding-change.org

 

DataCenter

An Introduction to Research Justice aims to build the capacity of grassroots organizers and community members and better equip marginalized communities to reclaim, own, and wield all forms of knowledge and information. With strategic support, the knowledge and information generated by these communities can be used as political leverage to advance their own agendas for change.

The toolkit effectively:

  •  Explores the theory of Research Justice – a strategic framework that seeks to transform structural inequities in knowledge production
  •  Advances community-driven research as a powerful tool to build grassroots power
  •  Helps participants choose which research methods will prove most effective for their campaigns and organizing objectives
  •  Employs popular-education techniques to encourage leadership development

This is really just a primer to introduce students to the idea of Tactical Clusters. We are developing a more formal workshop outline and will post.

Creative, bold visuals make a great center piece for every direct action. They do much more than make your actions look good. They unify your group, amplify your message, invite people to have a personal interaction with your work, and provide
a visual story through symbols that clarify the issue. If you integrate art into your campaign strategy and actions, you can make change irresistible.

In this manual you will find simple directions on how to make banners, giant puppets, stencils for t-shirts and posters, and cus- tomized t-shirts. Use them as a starting point and improvise your own techniques!

List of organizations providing trainings, technical assistance, fellowships, and curriculum to support community organizing.