Amplifying Voices through Community-led Data Collection

Session Number: 2272
Track: Needs Assessment
Session Type: Demonstration
Session Facilitator: Joelle Katherine Greene, PhD [Director - Harder+Company Community Research]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Ellen Marya [Research Associate - Harder+Company Community Research]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Amy Diane Goldman [Harder & Company Community Research]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)
Room: CC - 21

Other Authors: Allison Wolpoff, Courtney Huff
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Needs assessments are often driven by one organization or lead actor. That entity can provide leadership and oversight but may be disconnected from community members, especially disenfranchised populations. In contrast, community led-data collection can organically connect to diverse stakeholders, but may lack rigor and be difficult to manage on a large scale. This session will focus on an approach to community-led data collection that balances rigor and community-centered design. Harder+Company Community Research will share recent project experiences that blended central coordination of research activities with strong community partnership and engagement in facilitating and participating in data collection. The session will highlight the benefits and tradeoffs of these efforts, including the elevation of community voices, logistical and methodological issues, and the framing of data for clients and external audiences. We will also provide materials and sample worksheets to assist evaluators thinking about bringing community-led data collection into their practice.